Toolkit for Gender Sensitive Participatory Evaluation Part II (Power Walk)

We at the Institute of Social Studies Trust invited Ranjani Murthy, feminist researcher and evaluator, to our workshop to share the participatory evaluation tools that she uses when she conducts evaluations. While many of these tools are used in participatory research and evaluations, our interest was to understand how these tools maybe used for gender sensitive and feminist evaluations. We are pleased to share with you the edited videos of the training Ranjani conducted with us. We are sharing this in four parts. Part one which was the overview of tools can be found here https://gendereval.ning.com/profiles/blogs/toolkit-for-gender-sensi...

This is second part of the toolkit which features a tool called Power Walk.

  1. Did you find the tool of power walk useful? Would you like to use it in evaluations? If yes, how?
  2. If you have used this tool before, what is your experience in using this tool?

Request for your experiences, so that we can learn from each other. Thanks!

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Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on July 12, 2014 at 8:43

Dear Bhabatosh, 

I like the "sorrows and successes". Do share it.

I use happiness mapping, 

Best

Comment by Bhabatosh Nath on July 12, 2014 at 0:09

Dear Ranjani,

Thank you so much for your interest. Sorry for my late response as I was out of internet connection for some days.

I very much like your approach and acknowledge your expertise, especially on gender sensitiveness and empowerment issues which you are highlighting to consider during evaluation.

Regarding 'evidence-based' topic, I think we can collect more examples from the people at grassroots level on their own measures/ indicators they use at their level in cases of women violence, household decision-making status, raising the voices etc. You showed in your ‘Power Walk’ slide the method of scaling 0 – 10. A woman in grassroots level (as a respondent of evaluation study) also have some sorts of ‘scoring’ system to express the depth of her sorrows and successes, which she once experienced from any occurrence that happened in her life. She expresses herself and analyzes the situation of her family, her society through presenting evidences, showing the situation through articulation of her hands, body, face and so on. It could also be related to ‘role playing’ to express the situation. It is also ‘case-based’/evidence-based. However, I think we could follow these types of expressions and measures during evaluation and collect information.

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on July 3, 2014 at 16:32

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  • Pacificah Okemwa

    Pacificah

    Pacificah Okemwa

    lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

    This a powerful tool that allows communities to evaluate services from various stakeholders. It can be applied in a variety of community development projects.Thanks Rituu for sharing.

  • Ruba

    Ruba Banerjee

    Communication for Development Consultant at Self Employed

    Thanks for sharing. As a self employed consultant, opportunities to join in such capacity building exercises are few. The video effectively shows how this may be used in the field. I will be part ofimpact evaluation of increasing women's rights to land and livelihood and am thinking of using this as a tool. I think it will help in evaluating the position of the women before and after the intervention quantitatively to a certain extent. I was trying to measure the impact of their involvement in SHGs and increased earnings on indicators such level of domestic violence and dependence on money lenders.

Comment by Rituu B Nanda on July 1, 2014 at 20:03

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  • Ferdousi Sultana Begum

    Ferdousi

    Ferdousi Sultana Begum

    Social Development and Gender Specialist

    Thank you very much for sharing this useful toolkit.

  • Hamutal Gouri

    Hamutal

    Hamutal Gouri

    Consult4good: storytelling, consulting and training for social change

    Thank you, this is a great tool!

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  • Bhabatosh Nath

    Bhabatosh

    Bhabatosh Nath

    Executive Director at Responsive to Integrated Development Services (RIDS)

    This is a very good learning material. Thanks are due to you to share this with us. The video lecture is well-organized and the tone of Ranjani is very clear to easily understand. The more use of 'evidence-based' topics will certainly enrich the toolkit when reviewed further.

Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on July 1, 2014 at 15:35

Dear Bhabatosh

Can you kindly clarify what you mean by evidence based topics.

While all the methods have been used in the field, this video is based on a workshop to strengthen the participants  ability to use the tools. PERHAPS WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE VIDEO IN THE FIELD!

Do clarify. 

best 

Ranajni

Comment by Bhabatosh Nath on July 1, 2014 at 13:24

This is a very good learning material. Thanks are due to you to share this with us. The video lecture is well-organized and the tone of Ranjani is very clear to easily understand. The more use of 'evidence-based' topics will certainly enrich the toolkit when reviewed further.

Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on June 18, 2014 at 8:25

There are few comments on the questions raised by Rituu related power walk  

  1. Did you find the tool of power walk useful? Would you like to use it in evaluations? If yes, how?
  2. If you have used this tool before, what is your experience in using this to

Some more discussions would be useful. thanks 

Ranjani

Comment by Ranjani K.Murthy on June 14, 2014 at 8:55

Dear Madhumita

It is humbling to know somebody uses some of the tools I/we introduce in training. 

Can you kindly elaborate how you used it while training the police. IT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR ALL OF US. 

Thanks so much

Ranjani

Comment by madhumita sarkar on June 12, 2014 at 12:57
This is an excellant tool. I have personally used it in different locations including my training with the police in Sri Lanka. I first watched Ranjini doing this in a workshop in Chennai.
It is a powerful tool and can be used effectively for evaluations.

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