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Participation not for you? Four reflections that might just change your mind

Leslie Groves and Irene Guijt's picture 12th June 2015 by Leslie Groves and Irene Guijt

​​​This month we start a series on participation in evaluation by Leslie Groves and Irene Guijt. This blog series aims to explore one simple question: How can we best open up evaluation processes to include those intended to benefit from a specific project, programme or policy? A simple question. Yet one that is surprisingly often not considered or quickly dismissed in international development.

Week 50: Feedback loops – new buzzword, old practice?

IGuijt's picture 15th December 2014 by IGuijt

Recently, I had the good fortune to start collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, which is strongly committed to what it calls ‘listening deeply and elevating voices’. This organisation is one of an increasing number in international development expressing more than a superficial interest in ‘client feedback’.

Reflections on innovation, assessment and social change processes: a SPARC case study, India

This paper, written by Sheela Patel for SPARC, provides a case study of the development of the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) in India. The paper is broken up into three sections: The first section describes the evolution of SPARC’s approach and how learning and assessment are embedded within the development process. The next section describes the methodology and partnerships that underpin the change process. Section 3 describes in some detail illustrates the non-linear, dynamic, unpredictable, long term nature of change that challenges conventional assessment approaches.

Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid

This guide, written by Mary B. Anderson, Dayna Brown and Isabella Jean for CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, reports on the ideas, insights, and analyses of almost 6,000 people who were beneficiaries of international aid projects in order to try a better understand how effective development programs have been and answer some very broad, big picture questions on the nature of international development.