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Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong

Sep 26, 2016
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In "Failing in the Field," Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel, a current MPA candidate, delve into the common causes of failure in field research, so that researchers might avoid similar pitfalls in future work.

Drawing on the experiences of top social scientists working in developing countries, the book delves into failed projects and helps guide practitioners as they embark on their research. From experimental design and implementation to analysis and partnership agreements, Karlan and Appel show that there are important lessons to be learned from failures at every stage. 

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