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Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Mixed Approaches: A Systems Perspective for Asking the Right Questions

Authors: Garcia, J.R. & Zazueta, A.
Publication date: 2015

An impact evaluation’s primary task is to determine which impacts were caused by an intervention, distinguishing them from those produced by other causes.

However, in complex systems, interventions may contribute towards less apparent forms of impact (such as negative, unintended, indirect and secondary) that are no less significant, but which require a different way of asking questions.