Handbook of Research on NGOs
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Handbook of Research on NGOs

Edited by Aynsley Kellow and Hannah Murphy-Gregory

This volume provides a critical overview of research on Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs). While it notes that the definition of NGOs is contested, and can include both business and national groups, it focuses primarily on international NGOs engaged with human rights, social and environmental concerns, and aid and development issues. With contributions by Peter Willetts, Tom Davies, Bob Reinalda and other leading scholars, it provides a series of critical essays on both general aspects of NGOs and significant issues of particular concern.
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Chapter 6: Quantifying NGOs

Elizabeth A. Bloodgood

Abstract

This chapter examines alternative sources of data for researching NGOs in a rigorous fashion, including discussion of some of the shortcomings of existing data sources. In addition, the chapter proposes some solutions to the commensurability and generalizability challenges intrinsic to international NGO (INGO) research from existing work that future researchers might adopt to improve their own research. Increasing conceptual clarity and transparency in the methods used to measure NGOs will help advance the NGO research community.

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