Role and Nature of Research in Development
Research and development are two but inseparable aspects that have to be taken into consideration for any country´s development agenda to be successful. However, in many less developed countries, the uptake of research in development policy formulation and implementation is inadequate. This paper discusses some of the factors underlying the failure of research to influence policy formulation and implementation in these countries. Starting with a brief discussion of the common paradigmatic and epistemological traditions in research, the paper discusses the challenges involved in development research. Thereafter, it makes a case for a mixed methods approach that is deliberately linked to felt development needs.
Keywords: Evidence based policy; Research for Development
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