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    Measuring the benefits of social science research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1998
    Addresses two questions. The first is “What are the benefits of social science research?”; the second is “How should they be measured?” The response to the first is that, as with research in the physical sciences, the benefits should be identified in terms of changes in economic surplus for different groups.
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    Proposal for measuring the benefits of policy-oriented social science research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1998
    Addresses the problem of how to measure the benefits of policy-oriented social science research. It argues that social science research promotes economic efficiency in three different ways—it fosters efficiency in the public sector both directly and through effects on the general public, and it increases the efficiency of the private sector.
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    Some useful methods of measuring the benefits of social science research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1998
    What are the “returns” to policy-oriented research in the social sciences? One presumes that the positive net benefits to society, or at least a certain segment of society, would be treated as returns, but how does one determine what these benefits are?
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    The value of economic research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1999
    Discussion of method and models for evaluating impacts of economic researchEconomic research generates a wide array of benefits. These include information, technological change, and improved policy. There are few quantitative studies of the benefits of economic research, and some benefits may be misattributed to biological and physical research.
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    Assessing the Impact of Rice Policy Changes in Viet Nam and the Contribution of Policy Research

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1999
    Analysis of the economic impact of IFPRI research on the rice policy and marketing in Vietnam between 1995-1997.The research is described, and the conclusions and recommendations that emerged are discussed in the context of the decisionmaking processes in Viet Nam.
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    Returns to Policy-Related Social Science Research in Agriculture

    International Food Policy Research Institute, 1999
    Policy research is valuable as a source of information for decisionmakers. The value of research is the expected social gain from policy decisions influenced by the information generated. The gain from a decision depends on choosing the best policy given the state of the world, which is uncertain. The output of policy research is a conclusion about that state.
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    Conducting a participatory evaluation

    Development Experience Clearinghouse, USAID, 1996
    Short set of methodological tips on how to undertake a participatory evaluation
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    Private and communal property rights in rangeland and forests in Uganda

    Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, 1998
    The present land tenure situation in Uganda is essentially the result of four factors: customary tenure practices, the mailo tenure system introduced under the British colonial administration, the Land Reform Decree passed by Idi Amin’s government in 1975, and the disrupting social order under the Amin regime and during the period following its downfall.
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    Private and communal property ownership regimes in Tanzania

    Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, 1998
    Tanzania’s well-known village establishment programme, which is called Ujamaa , allowed for the sedentarization of almost all rural residents in some 8 000 villages in the 1970s.
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    After land reform, the market?

    Land Reform, Land Settlement and Cooperatives, 1998
    The ultimately disappointing results of past redistributive reforms caused contemporary policy-makers in Latin America to search for alternatives. In recent years, the issue of transforming tenure structure through the market mechanism has moved into the spotlight. This paper argues that it is extremely helpful to approach the topic from an institutional perspective.

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