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Impact assessment of microfinance using qualitative data: communicating between social scientists and practitioners using the QUIP

  • Katie Wright

    (Respectively Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, UK)

  • James Copestake

    (Respectively Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath, UK)

Section 1 sets the context in which a qualitative impact protocol (QUIP) was created by distinguishing between demand from within microfinance organizations (MFOs) for organizational development and from donors and regulators for public policy purposes. On the supply side, it is argued that there is a case for using rigorous qualitative methods that stand between 'positivist|quantitative' and 'participatory|interpretative' approaches. Section 2 charts how the QUIP has been developed using the Imp-Act programme network. It discusses the theoretical considerations that were taken into account when designing the protocol, and the developments that led to the generation of a step-by-step guide. It then discusses relations between social scientists and practitioners with regard to impact assessment, and suggests that the QUIP can be used to strengthen them. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 16 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 355-367

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  1. John Hudson & Philip Jones, 2003. "International trade in 'quality goods': signalling problems for developing countries," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(8), pages 999-1013.
  2. Copestake, James & Johnson, Susan & Wright, Katie, 2002. "Impact Assessment of Microfinance: Towards a New Protocol for Collection and Analysis of Qualitative Data," Working Papers 23746, University of Sussex, Imp-Act: Improving the Impact of Microfinance on Poverty: Action Research Program.
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