ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
-A A +A

Theorising to Explain and Triangulating to Explain Away-The Art and Non-Art of Multi-Method Policy Research

to Explain Away? The Art and Non-Art of Multi-Method Policy Research A Damodaran Emery Roe Triangulation is a interdisciplinary social science method wherein multiple methods, databases, theories, disciplines and/or investigators are used to study the same object, event or phenomenon. This paper attempts to critically assess the method of triangulation by employing four distinct theories to decipher a complex village community event in Karnataka. What gets unravelled in the process is a central paradox at the heart of rural development practice, namely, the more particular and complex event at micro-level, the more government's respond by seeking standardised and generalised solutions, Triangulation, by meeting this imperative to recognise the general behind specific events, satisfies the requirements of policy-makers, a fulfilment which is not without its own dangers.

Subscribers please login to access full text of the article.

New 3 Month Subscription
to Digital Archives at

826for India

$50for overseas users

Get instant access to the complete EPW archives

Subscribe now

Comments

(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top