How are Research for Development Programmes Implementing and Evaluating Equitable Partnerships to Address Power Asymmetries?

Snijder, Mieke, Steege, Rosie, Callander, Michelle, Wahome, Michel, Rahman, Mohammad, Apgar, Marina, Theobald, Sally, Bracken, Louise J., Dean, Laura, Mansaray, Bintu, Saligram, Prasanna, Garimella, Surekha, Arthurs-Hartnett, Sophia, Karuga, Robinson, Mejía Artieda, Adriana Elizabeth, Chengo, Victoria and Ateles, Joanes (2023) How are Research for Development Programmes Implementing and Evaluating Equitable Partnerships to Address Power Asymmetries? The European Journal of Development Research. ISSN 0957-8811 (In Press)

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The complexity of issues addressed by research for development (R4D) requires collaborations between partners from a range of disciplines and cultural contexts. Power asymmetries within such partnerships may obstruct the fair distribution of resources, responsibilities and benefits across all partners. This paper presents a cross-case analysis of five R4D partnership evaluations, their methods and how they unearthed and addressed power asymmetries. It contributes to the field of R4D partnership evaluations by detailing approaches and methods employed to evaluate these partnerships. Theory-based evaluations deepened understandings of how equitable partnerships contribute to R4D generating impact and centring the relational side of R4D. Participatory approaches that involved all partners in developing and evaluating partnership principles ensured contextually appropriate definitions and a focus on what partners value.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This study was supported by Global Challenges Research Fund.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research for development, Equitable partnerships, Evaluation research, Theory-based evaluation, Participatory evaluation, Monitoring, evaluation and learning
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2023 12:14
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2023 12:15

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