The Springfield Centre, July 2013
Two clear trends have emerged in development in recent years; evidence-based policy and systemic approaches. This paper highlights the negative impacts of evidence-based policy on development outcomes and, more acutely, its incompatibility with systemic approaches in its current form. The paper then highlights positive signs of a change in thinking in development towards a more pragmatic and context specific approach to measuring progress. Finally, the paper identifies the need for further research in this area.