Capturing the impacts of archaeology for development: Opportunities and challenges in evaluating the sustainable preservation initiative in Peru

Dupeyron, Agathe (2021) Capturing the impacts of archaeology for development: Opportunities and challenges in evaluating the sustainable preservation initiative in Peru. Progress in Development Studies, 21 (2). pp. 161-180. ISSN 1464-9934

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Abstract

Archaeology and heritage projects can have profound social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts on the development of communities. Yet, their impacts are rarely articulated or measured in development terms, to the detriment of their accountability, sustainability and replicability. This article explores the potential for a more systematic evaluation of these impacts through the case study of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI) and their evaluation strategies in Peru. Informed by an evaluability assessment framework, this study highlights the practical challenges in evaluating small-scale projects in the Global South and the scope for overcoming them, appraising how SPI’s contribution to local development can be measured in practice. Development evaluation methods are measured against the practical concerns expressed by project staff and participants. The article reflects on the importance of evaluating the wide-ranging development impacts of archaeology and heritage projects and concludes with practical suggestions for documenting these multifaceted impacts and for further comparative research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeology,heritage,evaluability assessment,small-n evaluation,impact,peru
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2021 00:06
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 01:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80429
DOI: 10.1177/14649934211016700

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