Limitations of the Study and Future Research
Patnaik dwells into the unavoidable limitations of his research and the efforts undertaken to mitigate them. He acknowledges the lack of independent documentary evidence to corroborate the various stages of convening process even though care was taken to authenticate the champions’ account with other villagers, and by triangulation. Patnaik further points that he took care of the researcher bias as a government policy maker to a large extent with the help of audio-video recordings of the interviews and help of independent experts. He also allays apprehensions of external factors or interventions as having played a role in bettering social development indicators by arguing that such factors would only have hastened the change process and in no way diluted the need for it, or the process of convening apply to the historical accounts of their actions recounted by the various actors involved in the successful change process in the four cases discussed in the study. However, interpretive research is at the forefront of research methodology in most advanced research centres around the globe and given the Indian context, it is felt to be most apt as a methodology to draw reliable and valid conclusions. The limitations have been substantially mitigated by appropriate triangulation methods as discussed in Chapter 4. It is suggested that future research on this theme should take into account gender asymmetry as well as study of moderating factors such as size and heterogeneity on the institutional convening process.