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A Theoretical Foundation of Rural Development Interventions and Evaluations is Needed


  • Anne Margarian
  • David Blandford
  • Berkeley Hill


This article argues that a lack of critical reflection on the theoretical foundations of policy interventions and evaluations is common in the discussion about evaluation of Rural Development programs. This shortcoming was also apparent in Special Issue 9(1) of EuroChoices. Intimate knowledge of the underlying causal processes is necessary in order to identify appropriate counterfactuals or reference-scenarios. It is only through their comparison with observed development that one can reliably isolate the net-effects of interventions. The current preoccupation with the indicator-based approach is rooted within the existing evaluation system. It hinders a more fundamental criticism of weak theoretical foundations of interventions. Copyright (c) 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) The Agricultural Ecomomics Society and the European Association of Agricultural Economists 2010.

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  • Anne Margarian & David Blandford & Berkeley Hill, 2010. "A Theoretical Foundation of Rural Development Interventions and Evaluations is Needed," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 9(2), pages 35-39, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eurcho:v:9:y:2010:i:2:p:35-39

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    1. Marquardt, Doris & Mollers, Judith, 2010. "Evaluating the implementation process of LEADER in Romania," 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia 94734, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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