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Mapping Approaches to Democratization Assessment

Final report


//This report is part of a series of three reports. The others are: 2021:4 Evaluability Study of Sida’s Approach to Democratization in Different Contexts and 2021:5 Mapping of democratization support// This report presents the findings from the second mapping exercise that researches how researchers and international donors assess democratization, and donor efforts to support and promote it. A conventional definition of democracy was preferred in this report. The research focused on methodologies themselves, both qualitative and quantitative, rather than on findings and analyses. The report reveals that qualitative evaluation continues to be the principal methodology for donors and a prominent one for researchers, and therefore recommends that underutilised political economy analysis should be expanded. Quantitative evaluation methodology has expanded greatly in recent decades, using ever more advanced methods, and its future growth should be supported. However, evaluation methodology faces new challenges in assessing democratic backsliding but is rising to the task. Lastly, gender equality has become a top priority in democratization programmes and evaluation. Poverty has assumed a prominent but lower place and remains largely the province of the economic growth sector. Efforts to link these themes in democracy evaluations should be encouraged.


Publicerad på webbplatsen: 2021-08-05

Publikationstyp: Utvärdering – Sida Evaluation

Utgiven: 2021

Språk: Engelska

Författare: Harry Blair