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To end the 4 part blog series on BetterEvaluation, Leslie Groves and Irene Guijt recently gave a live Q&A that focused on questions provided by BetterEvaluation members. The questions covered a range of issues in making evaluation processes more participatory. This blog post offers a recording of the Q&A and also a couple of questions on which Leslie and Irene would like your feedback.
On Wednesday, July 29, Leslie Groves and I gave a live Q and A that focused on questions from blog readers. We received so many interesting questions and clearly had too little time for in-depth conversation. Lesson learned for next time – fewer questions to allow time for a more detailed exploration of each.
The questions we received highlight people’s concerns with respect to making evaluation processes more participatory. We had eight different kinds of questions:
Meaning and defining - Where should we draw the line and avoid using the word ‘participation’, in contrast with a comprehensive participatory evaluation? See our blog 1 for more insights.
Power and politics – How to convince commissioners and how to deal with local elites? See blog 2 and blog 4 on this.
Framings and process – Can participation in evaluation be easily combined with framings, such as realist evaluation or gender-responsive approaches? See the recording of the Q&A below.
Impact evaluation – Where are the good examples? Stay tuned for emerging work on PIALA (participatory impact assessment and learning) and see thisUNICEF paper
Private sector – Is the private sector focus on client feedback really exemplary? See our blog 2 on this and the recording
Ethics and confidentiality - Does participatory work ask for specific attention to these? Yes – see the recording.
Participatory evaluation = better? Only when the conditions are right and it is appropriate. See blogs 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Making participation meaningful – Managing trade-offs of values, time and resources. See all our blogs, particularly blog 4.
To round off this series, we have two questions of our own. We would love to receive your thoughts and comments on these.
Does jargon matter? Or are participation (90s), voice (00s) and feedback (10s) simply decade-relevant versions of the same intention?
Is the extent to which our evaluations are participatory ultimately only about our willingness and ability to share power over evaluation decisions?
Please use the comments box on BetterEvaluation to provide your feedback. We will be checking in with these comments over the next weeks.