Questions related to Development Studies
Let know please for journal list that publish exclusively translated psychometric instruments.
I have already revised some of the data streams (WDI, WID or world income inequality, Unctadstat, Ford) where quite a large number of data (yearwise) are missing. How to recover the data? Can I use data cleaning or other methods when many years of data are missing? Or, is there national data streams such as Department of Statistics which can provide the missing ones?
Trajectory Equifinality Modeling (TEM) is a qualitative research method used in case of social and development study which can describe the deviation of movement of an individual in connection to the social structure in a definite time period.
Compared to rationality & reasoning (perhaps understandably) there seems to have been relative reluctance to probe the role of collective emotions in development studies which has been focusing on human wellbeing outcomes, except perhaps as detractors.
Meanwhile empirical study and theorising is burgeoning eg in psychology & in philosophy.
While many examples of interesting articles exist, two freely available ones are:
2) This one is valuable for its findings abut four core motivators of collective action across cultures (where emotions are explicit, while several kinds of reasoning seem to be implied):
I've been working on two different scales for two separate studies. I'm not getting the expected results from Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA). Confirmatory Factor Analysis, on the other hand, provides me with results that confirm the construct's validity. Given this, do I need to perform EFA in the following cases?
1. A study of scale development based on Bandura's (1977) self-efficacy model. Bandura theorizes that efficacy expectations vary on several dimensions, including magnitude, generality, and strength. As a result, I accepted these dimensions as scale sub-factors and wrote some items about them.
2. A scale development study based on curriculum learning objectives. There are four units in this curriculum. Each unit has its own set of learning objectives. I wrote some items around these learning objectives. I wanted to learn students' perspectives on how well they met these learning objectives, so I accepted each unit as a dimension (sub-factor) of the scale in CFA...
Source: Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological review, 84(2), 191.
For convenience, I collected data from a single large sample for scale development.
and then I randomly split into two samples for EFA and CFA.
In this case, I wondering which sample (total? or CFA sample?) should be evaluated for the criterion validity or reliability of the newly developed scale.
Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis are used in scale development studies. Rasch Analysis method can also be used in scale development. There are some researchers who consider the Rasch Analysis as up-to-date analysis. Frankly, I don't think so, but is there a feature that makes EFA, CFA or Rasch superior to each other in Likert type scale development?
I'm helping a friend out who's research is on Examining Numeracy Competency of Students and the Sustainability in Fiji: A case study of secondary school.
Other questions include: Variables to measure Numeracy Competency? and the Methodology and Sampling?
Just needs some input on these questions. Thanks
I am thinking to start working on a few research papers/articles. This question aims to guide me regarding possible future research trends in the field of social sciences, for example in the domains of Development Studies; Conflict, Peace and Development; and Cultural Anthropology.
.for MS thesis of development studies. "to Evaluate the role of IV on DV "
1st .. where it is not possible to assign exact unit of measurement. and you built own questions using likert scale . can we do correlation analysis. to examine the relationship between two variables ?
2nd...correlation analysis for quantitative part ..and thematic analysis for qualitative part .. is it possible to use both type of method in one research to conclude the results.
The aim behind this question is to encourage us to share the research topics/subjects/questions we are currently working on in order to (1) identify if there is any overlap/common themes between us and (2) to determine whether what you are researching is also applicable in other countries.
On my part, and to start this topic, I am currently interested in policy approaches for tackling the informal economy. To do this, I am evaluating critically three competing theoretical standpoints. These are firstly, the modernisation thesis that the size f the informal economy is simply a product of the level of modoernisation of economies, secondly, the neo-liberal thesis that the informal economy is a direct result of high taxes, state corruption and burdensome regulations and controls, and therefore that economies should pursue tax reductions, de-regulation and minimal state intervention to prevent the undeclared economy from growing, and thirdly, the political economy thesis that the informal economy is a by-product of too little intervention in work and welfare regimes and that state interventions in the labour market and social protection is required. To do this, I am comparing cross-national variations in the extent and nature of the informal economy with cross-national variations in various indicators that are proxies of the above (e.g., tax rates, corruption, social protection expenditure).
Please share your current research interests. There are well over 1000 of us with an interest in 'informal sector economics' and I am sure that many of us are researching common themes/topics/questions but do not know that we are doing so.
Keenly looking suggestions about the prospect and challenges of scientific study in Heritage, Indigeneity and Folklore Studies (HIFS) at the educational institution around the world.
Is there research on which INGOs / NGOs / CSOs have refused donor funding, with which donors, and for what reasons? If not collected systematically anywhere, could you share examples you know of?
(note: by this, I do not mean governments disallowing NGOs to accept funds from certain donors or foreign funding, but INGOs / NGOs / CSOs making these choices outside of those political directives).
- Some INGOs have refused funding that militarized aid in Afghanistan: https://www.globalpolicy.org/ngos/48582-usaid-rejects-ngo-concerns-over-aid-militarization.html
- Some INGOs refused to comply with the global gag rule and did not accept the terms of USAID funding: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jan/25/us-foreign-aid-abortions-affect-ngos
- Palestinian NGOs have refused EU donor conditions: https://www.ngo-monitor.org/reports/palestinian-ngos-reject-eus-anti-terror-funding-requirement/
- Some NGOs refused US funding during the Vietnam war (The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, p. 1182)
- MSF explicitly restricts government / public money it accepts (not entirely, but at a low level): https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/msf-2018-facts-and-figures
The present study is an attempt to map the experience of vendors with online marketplaces across various dimensions, making it a seminal work. Findings emanating from the study are expected to offer insights to e-commerce players on how to ensure mutually beneficial interface with vendors and maintain long-term associations with registered sellers across product categories. Indian demography comprising of a large chunk of the younger population exposed to a growing online marketplace offers an ideal backdrop for the study as it leads to continued pressure on vendors to fulfill the expectations of the buyers using the facilitation's made available by e-commerce Company.
Please let me know if my manuscript falls under the scope of the special issue. Very limited or no research is available measuring the sellers experience from online marketplace perspective.
The academic advisor may stop to develop the academic plans for the scientific curricula that which is giving to the students, believing that he possesses sufficient scientific experience to achieve the educational process
The end of WW II signalled an era in which capitalism and communism as political ideologies polarized the world. When the USSR disintegrated, communism as a political idea also collapsed, leaving capitalism also in the lurch because there was nothing left to disagree about! Two decades further, we are talking of Neoliberalism - a heady mix of economic liberalisation with Human Rights and Democracy. Have capitalism and communism really lost their relevance or they have come together in the cauldron of Druid Getafix to be transformed into the 'magic potion' called Neoliberalism?
We are trying to value the co-benefit for a REDD+ strategy in Costa Rica, and that involved do the valuate the ecosystem services at national level
Can artificial intelligence be used to predict the future development of the studied and observed complex processes such as global warming forecasting or economic development, technological development, civilization development, etc.?
It is widely recognized that donor intervention in fragile States circumvents the state systems by delivering aid through non-state actors such as NGOs. Examples include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, among others.
- Is it the role of NGOs to provide health care, education, water, sanitation, food (and other services) as part of a permanent (or sustainable) solution to fragility?
- Under what conditions can aid strengthen institutional capacities in African fragile states?
Recently I came across of studying protein fluctations in Normal Mode analysis, Most of it was conducted in Elastic Network Models (Gaussian or Anisotropic). What insights we can develop by studying the protein fluctuations using ENM or quassi rigid decomposition. How is this different than Molecular Dynamics Simulation? Guide me through the entire concept.
I have gone through some literature that focuses more on privatization failure and failure to privatize but I haven’t found much literature/case studies where privatization process went well (relatively smoothly, without substantive failure and/or reversal) and, privatization goals and objectives are accomplished. I am also curious to know if there are any specific criteria to evaluate privatization success or failure.
I am writing essay on Marxism and Development Studies: new issues and new direction. For that reason I need some help regarding the issues using Marxism as tool for analysis in development studies research i.e. understanding modes of production and agricultural social relations or perhaps transformations in shape of urban development.
Secondly, I need to know if there is literature, that you know can help me to understand the Marxism and Development Studies as multidisciplinary approach/framework of studying society.
I have read in many papers that remittances can lead to domestic currency appreciation. However, I am more interested if someone can point out balanced theories and arguments of how inflow of remittances can cause currency depreciation aside from only appreciation.
I am wondering whether anyone of you could recommend some literature on the experiences and dilemmas peacebuilding practitioners face, as well as on their experiences, impacts or perceptions.
After gathering available data from databases on the MADS-box SVP protein gene of Arabidopsis thaliana, I would like to know (hypothetically) the methods to study the function of this gene.
Spirituality, faith and religious have been for a long time taboo arguments in discourses of international development. While this is starting to change, I feel that the field ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) is not following what other development studies are suggesting: that religious and spiritual leaders, as well as faith-based organization are important actors in development projects. Does anyone know and can suggest any example of ICT4D literature that deals with religious and spiritual leaders or FBO?
I'm doing research on how technology can be used to promote access to education in developing countries.
I often see publications and articles saying that South-South Cooperation (SSC) is a partnership among equals, or a least that is how it should be.
But I am interested to know if it really is? Does any one have something interesting that questions this or even disproves that SSC is not always a developmental paradigm between equals?
I am doing a research on the topic of Elimination of national examinations in year 8 and 10 schools in Papua New Guinea. The overarching research question is 'what are the policy intentions and possible consequences of the elimination of national examinations in schools in Papua New Guinea? This research also aims to investigate the involvement of international agencies (e.g. World Bank, UNESCO, etc) in this policy development in PNG or in the low - middle income countries and the introduction of standardized assessment as substitute for the national examinations..
I am trying to obtain a better understanding of the modern history of gold mining (and the mining sector more broadly), and how it intersects with trends in the global political economy. In particular, I am interested in understanding the situation in developing countries in the post-WW2 period (e.g. Indonesia, DRC, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Tanzania, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, ...).
Given the small amount of recent available data, which variables can be used and analysed to see which of GTPs policies have contributed to an industrialization process?
Does anyone know of long term evaluation work on the Habitat for Humanity or other home asset programs? I have did not see work on how it has been evaluated in terms of the people served over time.
I saw work outside the US but nothing within it.
Thanks for your time.
It said a developed nation is all encompassing in terms of technology, food and basic necessities to make good human comfort. However, with the global trend of economic imbalances can the latter definition hold?
i am studying the biodegradation of synthetic textile dye mixture. Most of the literature is focused on the study of single dyes. I am not sure which type of product i have to look for so i am confused about which standards to use. How could an effective method be developed to study the degradation products? i am working with DB-5 column (extract dissolved in methanol), but every time i try to run my samples, the vacuum crashes down.. i am new to GC-MS so i have no idea whats the issue.. so please can someone suggest me how to adjust the parameters while running the samples and how to study the products?
Hey there, I'm currently writing my graduation paper and I have a chapter where I have to compare the normal development with the development of a child with DCD.
I am specifically looking for studies that can reproduce the results of this study/leaflet from 2010 that bases on Thompson Reuters Web of Science-Data:
Interestingly, this study clusters internal African research cooperation by four groups (see p. 8), singling out not only the North-African States as a homogeneous group but also the Francophone countries of West Africa. However, Web of Science is known to be dominated by Anglophone journals. Therefore I wonder whether for example Scopus can deliver sharper pictures of such relationships, taking into account also Franco- and Lusophone publications.
Thanks in advance for any hints!
Best regards, Stefan
A recent article from the New York Times (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/the-power-of-failure-2/?_r=0) suggests that failures can be catalysts for innovation and improvement in development. However how do failures weigh in, when we consider wider discourses, relations of power and political operations that cannot be disconnected from development? Are failures symptoms of wider, underlying issues? Or they do they distract us from wider, deeper issues?
Is anyone aware of a participatory exercise carried out to derive a list of poverty, well-being or (human) development dimensions? Except for the well-known "Voices of the Poor" etc. It can be a national level or regional level.
The problem is that I want to use exporters as a DMU with their commodity exports as output, K, L and M are the variables needed to produce the output. The end result will be the perceived frontier, which each commodity is associated with individually and as meta. In turn this will be used to as a policy tool to confirm shift in policy focus to less efficient/productive commodities, not firms. If there a general consensus on this?
There are some theories which indicate if the general literacy of a disenfranchised rural community will have positive impacts. What base line measures should be used?
Can anyone suggest research conducted using social media for the marginal communities in developing countries?
To be precise, for example, using official website, Facebook Page, blogs, tripadvisor, slideshare, tourism-link, etc, to explore about particular community, tribe, community-school.
Please do advise any link. Thank you for contributing your time!
Experience of working and teaching in medical education has indicated that one main reason medical students struggle in their first few years is not academic ability but poor study skills ability. I'm looking to develop an integrated approach to develop student study skills, particularly from the transition from schools/colleges into HE. I'm particularly interested in an interactive approach, integrating online resources with lectures and seminars in order to get students to actively develop their own study skills and techniques in order to make them better learners. This might also help with their transition to the clinical years.
I am researching the correlation of development indices, e.g., HDI, IHDI and Gini, and percentage of Deaf population in total population.
One of my students is working on Electoral behaviour in Lahore. She wants to compare general and bye elections in Lahore (she can change the focus of the study at the moment). Kindly suggest some useful readings in this regard, outlining determinants of the electoral behaviour and methodology to be used.
Furthermore, Kindly suggest some scale that has already been developed to study electoral behaviour.
I am interested in researching the impact of internationalization of higher education in a country's economic development. I am interested in approaches pursued and instruments developed to study this topic.
The well-known Buckley-Leverret Theory is developed to study waterflowing problem in Oil recovery.
My concern is whether the same theory is applicable to gas/liquid systems, with such applications as gas injection into oil reservoirs?
If not, what makes it not suitable for such systems?
Much of the social network literature on governance institutions is devoted to the study of formal networks which are characterized by top-down influences. Has there been any recent development in explaining the structural and dynamic characteristics of informal "bottom-up" networks and structures? Your help is very much appreciated.
Though FDI is a major aim of developing economies so as to enhance industrialization, exports and development, it could have many demerits as well for developing economies, Can you suggest both sides of FDI for such economies?
I would like to know about the statistical models and tools used for analysis high frequency panel data on poverty. Kindly also help with the proper references of such works, along with workable tools.
I'm looking for sources of data as well as potential collaborators for cross-country comparisons of protest movements, particularly their demands.
2015 -The MDGs end year is few miles away and propositions are on top gear for the SDGs. The challenge is that most of the promises latent in MDGs have not being achieved (up to the desired targets). The question now is: what can developing countries learn from the MDGs and how can they better equpped/aligned for the SDGs
The principle of confidentiality and duty to report/ protect are key principles in social work practice. In the case where a social worker's quest to promote the principle of confidentiality breaches his/her duty to report and vice versa, how can such a social worker address this ethical dilemma?
While attitude involves mind's predisposition to certain ideas, values, people, systems, institutions; behaviour relates to the actual expression of feelings, action or inaction orally or/and through body language. I am sure, others will look at these somewhat differently.
I am looking for levels of education (years) by gender and preferably over time for Indian districts, but am having difficulty finding it. What would be an appropriate and available source?
In recent years, there has been a shift from a policy approach that seeks to eradicate the informal economy and move towards an approach that seeks to enable the formalisation of informal work. However, there is a small emergent view that people should be left alone to work in the informal economy. What are the possible rationales for this policy approach?
I am working on data from a large household survey and am looking for an appropriate measure of inequality for villages where samples are at times very small.
I have recently conducted a review of the relationship between the informal economy and poverty so as to understand whether the informal economy helps those who are poor to escape their poverty and how to address the informal economy in anti-poverty strategies [See attached]. This review focused upon the situation in the United Kingdom. What surprised me was that little evidence was available on the relationship between the informal economy and poverty.
Does anybody know of any studies on the relationship between poverty and the informal economy? What do you think is the relationship in other countries? Is work in the informal economy largely undertaken by the poor? Does it help them escape their poverty? What should be done about the poor who work in the informal economy?
Frederic Kelvin in his essay "Community Development in the context of national and international voluntary associations" (Dan A Chekki, Ed., Participatory Democracy in Action: International Profiles of Community Development, Vikas Publishing House, Delhi, 1979, pp 33- 44) makes a simple observation, while talking of challenges to community development through citizen participation:
'Local groups may well, above all, have material benefits of the projects in mind; governments at all levels will consider political aspects; and, private and public contributors may hardly go beyond the recognition of good and worthy causes"
This was three decades ago. Aid agencies, International NGOs, local voluntary groups and even government attitude towards citizen participation and good governance have undergone huge changes in this time frame. Billions of dollars worth of aid, both by themselves and in conjunction with government schemes in developing countries, continues to be poured in areas that have persistently remained under-developed (take Sahail region in Africa for example).
The tripartite conflicts highlighted by Frederic Kelvin appear to be the obstacles in the way of actual transformation and development. Is this 'conflict' real? If so, what do we think we can do to resolve this?
In the 1965 classic "Sound of Music", there is a famous song, "How to solve a problem like Maria?". How to solve a problem like this 'Maria'?
[PS: I may be pardoned for dragging in 'Maria'. It is one of my favourite numbers and I sincerely hope 'Maria' would not mind]
The stake holders to governance are the people as individuals; society as groups; organizations as parties, NGOs, religious bodies, media house, traders, business houses; and institutions as parliament, legislatures, corporations and universities. Each of these have a profound influence on governance either by pro-active involvement or by their absence of involvement. In a developing country where the systems and institutions of governance are not yet mature, there is a need for the civil society to both educate itself and to educate/influence the instruments of governance towards good governance.