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Factors that encourage or prevent the use of Humanitarian Evaluations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This study analyzes the phenomena of humanitarian evaluations. It identifies and describes the factors that encourage or prevent the use of humanitarian evaluations and analyzes if those factors can be managed within the procedure for conducting the evaluation. Thereby, it provides information for a better understanding of both the procedures for developing humanitarian evaluations and its components.

The development of this study was first motivated by the lack of understanding and use of humanitarian evaluations that humanitarian professionals have on the subject. Moreover, a deep literature research demonstrate the efforts that both humanitarian organizations and independent researchers are doing to encourage the understanding and use of evaluations. Therefore, this study aims to connect some of the available information in order to complement the existing literature with this analysis.

The methodology for this research follows an inductive approach. Therefore, the data collection follows a theoretical sampling method in which the literature was defined by four different approaches and follow a pre-defined criterion of eligibility. The approaches for data collection looked for: 1. General aspects of humanitarian evaluations, 2. Procedures for developing evaluations, 3. Information about the use and lack of use of evaluations, and 4. Empirical examples of humanitarian evaluation reports. Furthermore, with the collected information, the data was managed using the method of content analysis through which the information was coded taking into account concepts and theories. Finally, the data analysis was made through a Qualitative Data Analysis using the grounded theory approach.

This study presents a conceptual framework with the definition of the concepts used in this analysis and a theoretical framework that shows different perspectives of the factors that encourage or prevent the use of evaluation reports. These frameworks facilitate the understanding of the analysis in which a comparison is made between empirical evidence and literature.

The findings of this study describe the factors that encourage or prevent the use of humanitarian evaluations and the way by which they can be managed within the procedure for conducting the evaluation. Additionally, this study found that the use or lack of use of evaluations is more related to the linkage between the influential factors than to the management of them in an independent way. Therefore, this study arouses the need of developing deeper analysis on the importance of the linkage between the evaluation components and its final use.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-271091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-271091DiVA: diva2:891163
Subject / course
International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action
Presentation
2015-12-17, 12:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-01-21 Created: 2016-01-05 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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