Methods for Development Work and Research: A Guide for Practitioners - Britha MikkelsenNew Delhi, Thousand Oaks & London: Sage Publications, 1995, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A slightly dog-eared copy. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Charts; Diagrams; Tables; References;
From the cover: “This hook is an indispensable, down-to-earth, richly illustrated guide to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods for research and practice in development settings. Providing practical examples, techniques and tools for different types of studies, Britha Mikkelsen examines in detail both the concept of participation and ethical considerations in field work, and stresses methodological pluralism and dialogue in development planning. She supports her exposition with illuminating case studies, quotations and graphics.
The major part of the book is devoted to new rapid and participatory methods, viewing them as an important adjustment of or complement to other long-established qualitative and quantitative field study methods. The selection of methods is a reflection of changed perceptions of North-South and insider-outsider relations, and highlights different techniques for studying selected development issues with a focus on people’s knowledge and their active involvement in their own destiny.
The author stresses that it is both possible and necessary to change the top-down approach which characterizes much development work and research. Dialogue, flexibility, and participatory methods are key words when intervening in social processes and other people’s cultures. Techniques such as ranking and scoring, mapping and diagrams, and the use of indicators, focus groups and semi-structured interviews in the study of current development issues such as poverty reduction and gender analysis are richly illustrated. With its refreshing multi- and cross-disciplinary perspective and its emphasis on application, this book is an essential resource for development planners, practitioners and researchers in the South and the North. It will also be useful for students of development studies, research methodology, sociology, anthropology, technical and agricultural science. International and voluntary development organizations will find this book invaluable while preparing courses for their field staff.”