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Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives.

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Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives. / Mowles, Christopher.

Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm. ed. / Tina Wallace; Fenella Porter; Mark Ralph-Bowman. Rugby : Practical Action Publishing, 2013. p. 47-61.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Harvard

Mowles, C 2013, Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives. in T Wallace, F Porter & M Ralph-Bowman (eds), Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm. Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, pp. 47-61.

APA

Mowles, C. (2013). Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives. In T. Wallace, F. Porter, & M. Ralph-Bowman (Eds.), Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm (pp. 47-61). Practical Action Publishing.

Vancouver

Mowles C. Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives. In Wallace T, Porter F, Ralph-Bowman M, editors, Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm. Rugby: Practical Action Publishing. 2013. p. 47-61

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Mowles, Christopher. / Evaluation, complexity, uncertainty: theories of change and some alternatives. Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives: A Perfect Storm. editor / Tina Wallace ; Fenella Porter ; Mark Ralph-Bowman. Rugby : Practical Action Publishing, 2013. pp. 47-61

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