From Evaluating Democracy Assistance to Appraising Democracy Promotion

  title={From Evaluating Democracy Assistance to Appraising Democracy Promotion},
  author={Peter J. Burnell},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={414 - 434}
  • P. Burnell
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • Political Science
  • Political Studies
Organisations involved in delivering international democracy assistance are engaging increasingly with questions about how to assess their activities. A double shift in the terms of reference, from the ex post evaluation of assistance projects or programmes to ex ante appraisal of the broader democracy promotion strategies, could make democracy promotion more effective. This does not mean abandoning the former; on the contrary its status would be enhanced. Improving the chain of learning that… 

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