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October 15, 2021

Discourses of evaluation: Institutional logics and organizational practices among international development agencies

Evans Authors: Mary Kay Gugerty

Gugerty, M.K., Mitchell, G., & Santamarina, F. (2021). World Development.

For several decades, the aid effectiveness movement has called for more robust, informed and independent impact evaluation of aid activities, but the prevalence and adoption of these practices remain unclear….

June 30, 2021

Can transparency and accountability programs improve health? Experimental evidence from Indonesia and Tanzania.

Evans Authors: Stephen Kosack

Arkedis, J., Creighton, J., Dixit, A., Fung, A., Kosack, S., Levy, D., & Tolmit, C. (2021). World Development.

This study assesses the impact of a transparency and accountability program designed to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in Indonesia and Tanzania. Co-designed with local partner organizations to be community-led and non-prescriptive, the program sought to encourage community participation to address local barriers in access to high quality care for pregnant women and infants.…

April 30, 2021

Developing capacity and reducing risk? An analysis of federal international contracting

Evans Authors: Benjamin M. Brunjes

Harris, A. B., & Brunjes, B. (2021). International Public Management Journal

The US federal government outsources much of its work abroad, spurring a large and competitive industry to implement these contracts. This study explores the extent to which federal agencies select locally owned versus externally owned contractors, and the factors that predict whether a contract will be given to a locally owned firm. Findings indicate that…

March 31, 2021

Volcanic hazard map visualisation affects cognition and crisis decision-making

Evans Authors: Ann Bostrom

Clive, M. A. T., Lindsay, J. M., Leonard, G. S., Lutteroth, C., Bostrom, A., & Corballis, P. (2021). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Hazard maps are used to communicate complex scientific data with many audiences during volcanic unrest crises, but it is unclear how common hazard visualisation styles affect cognition, behaviour, and decision-making. Here we use eye-gaze tracking and questionnaires to explore how 81 people near a volcano in New Zealand read and make decisions with hazard maps…

February 28, 2021

What Motivates Local Sustainability Policy Action in China? The Case of Low-Carbon City Pilot Program

Evans Authors: Craig W. Thomas

Liu, Z., Wang, J. & Thomas, C. (2021). Urban Affairs Review.

An increasing volume of literature has sought to identify factors that motivate cities to pursue sustainability and adopt climate policies. However, most empirical studies were done in Western countries, where relatively high local autonomy and low pressure on industrial growth create conditions for spontaneous policy innovations in sustainability. This paper uses China’s Low-Carbon City Pilot Program…

December 31, 2020

Towards a Comparative Framework of Adaptive Planning and Anticipatory Action Regimes in Chile, Japan, and the US

Evans Authors: Ann Bostrom

Kuriyama, N., Maly, E., León, J., Abramson, D., Nguyen, L. T., & Bostrom, A. (2020), Journal of Disaster Research.

Coastal regions around the Pacific Ring of Fire share the risk of massive earthquakes and tsunamis. Along with their own political-economic, cultural and biophysical contexts, each region has their own history and experiences of tsunami disasters. Based on a comparison of earthquake and tsunami hazards, social factors, and the roles of government, this paper outlines…

August 31, 2020

Disease Surveillance Investments and Administration: Limits to Information Value in Pakistan Polio Eradication

Evans Authors: Alison C. Cullen

With Scott, R. P., Cullen, A. C., & Chabot-Couture, G. (2020). Risk Analysis an International Journal.

In Pakistan, annual poliovirus investment decisions drive quantities of supplemental immunization campaigns districts receive. In this article, we assess whether increased spending on poliovirus surveillance is associated with greater likelihood of correctly identifying districts at high risk of polio with assignment of an elevated “risk ranking.”

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