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Author Karlan, Dean S.,
Title Failing in the field : what we can learn when field research goes wrong / Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]

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Author Karlan, Dean S.,
Series Princeton scholarship online
Princeton scholarship online.
Subject Research -- Methodology.
Research -- Evaluation.
Alt Name Appel, Jacob,
Description 1 online resource (175 pages)
Summary All across the social sciences, from development economics to political science departments, researchers are going into the field to collect data and learn about the world. While much has been gained from the successes of randomized controlled trials, stories of failed projects often do not get told. In Failing in the Field, Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel delve into the common causes of failure in field research, so that researchers might avoid similar pitfalls in future work. Drawing on the experiences of top social scientists working in developing countries, this book delves into failed projects and helps guide practitioners as they embark on their research. From experimental design and implementation to analysis and partnership agreements, Karlan and Appel show that there are important lessons to be learned from failures at every stage. They describe five common categories of failures, review six case studies in detail, and conclude with some reflections on best (and worst) practices for designing and running field projects, with an emphasis on randomized controlled trials. There is much to be gained from investigating what has previously not worked, from misunderstandings by staff to errors in data collection. Cracking open the taboo subject of the stumbles that can take place in the implementation of research studies, Failing in the Field is a valuable "how-not-to" handbook for conducting fieldwork and running randomized controlled trials in development settings.-- Provided by Publisher.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Introduction: Why Failures? -- Part I. Leading Causes of Research Failures -- 1 Inappropriate Research Setting -- 2 Technical Design Flaws -- 3 Partner Organization Challenges -- 4 Survey and Measurement Execution Problems -- 5 Low Participation Rates -- Part II. Case Studies -- 6 Credit and Financial Literacy Training: No Delivery Means No Impact -- 7 Interest Rate Sensitivity: Ignoring the Elephant in the Room -- 8 Youth Savings: Real Money Drumming up Fake People -- 9 Poultry Loans: Trying to Fly without a Pilot -- 10 Child Health and Business Training with Credit: No Such Thing as a Simple Study -- 11 Bundling Credit and Insurance: Turns Out More Is Less -- Conclusion -- Appendix. Checklist for Avoiding Failures -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
ISBN 9781400883615
OCLC # 959882008
Additional Format Print version: 9780691161891 (OCoLC)942707356

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