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The project integrates two research traditions.
Qualitative research for development: The project is grounded in concepts, methodology and previous research of different disciplines: political science, legal anthropology, development sociology and intervention studies. It suits the growing trend in development to make interventions responsive to complexity by adapting to evidence-based monitoring.
Interactive research with development actors: This is grounded in notions of co-creation and trans-disciplinary work and builds on interaction between different knowledge actors (academics, consultants, practitioners) and integration of research, reflection and action. 
Interactive research acknowledges the independence of research, yet builds on continuous dialogue to frame the research, gather data, analyze and validate findings and jointly draw conclusions and recommendations.
The two research traditions will be integrated by alternating periods of focused research (data gathering and analysis) with periods of reflection and action (feedback, advice, adaptation).