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Lessons Learnt From An Evaluation Of An Unexploded Ordnance Removal Program In Lao PDR

Joanne Durham, Boon Tan
Published 2010 · Engineering, Political Science
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The purpose of this article is to describe lessons learnt when the first author, an ‘outsider’, was undertaking a theory-based, mixed-methods evaluation of an unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance program in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). The lessons learnt comprised: 1) issues related to using a theory-based mixed-methods evaluation design; 2) contextualising languages, meaning and translation; and 3) cultural interpretation of ethical issues. Finally, it is proposed that reflexivity is an essential quality that evaluators need to develop in order to manage such challenges.
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