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Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (Critical Global Health: Evidence, Efficacy, Ethnography)

Vincanne Adams

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ISBN 10: 0822360837 / ISBN 13: 9780822360834
Published by Duke University Press Books, 2016
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Title: Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (...

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

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This volume's contributors evaluate the accomplishments, limits, and consequences of using quantitative metrics in global health. Whether analyzing maternal mortality rates, the relationships between political goals and metrics data, or the links between health outcomes and a program's fiscal support, the contributors question the ability of metrics to solve global health problems. They capture a moment when global health scholars and practitioners must evaluate the potential effectiveness and pitfalls of different metrics&#x2014;even as they remain elusive and problematic.<br /> &nbsp;Contributors. Vincanne Adams, Susan Erikson, Molly Hales, Pierre Minn, Adeola Oni-Orisan, Carolyn Smith-Morris, Marlee Tichenor, Lily Walkover, Claire L. Wendland

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&quot;A stunning benchmark volume, in measured tones of 'applause and caution,' about the statistical methods that increasingly govern and provide investment opportunities for health interventions, poverty reduction, and much else in the postcolonial world. These new biopolitical economies displace national decision making and often their own humanitarian goals, using tropes of 'suffering individuals' as 'residuals' as symbolic capital to be reinvested and to give numbers affective credibility. But such stories can also expose the fabrications and distortions that the drive for statistical certainty produces, and explain why so many well-intentioned 'evidence-based' interventions fail. Lucidly explaining global health financialization, the volume calls for alternative metrics, complementary methods, and less reliance on abstracted indices and proxies.&quot;&nbsp; Author: Michael M. J. Fischer, author of Source: Anthropological Futures

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