Critical reflections on the use of participatory methodologies to build evaluation capacities in international development organisations

Tacchi, Jo A., Lennie, June, & Wilmore, Michael (2013) Critical reflections on the use of participatory methodologies to build evaluation capacities in international development organisations. In Goff, Susan (Ed.) From Theory to Practice; Context in Praxis : Selected Paper from the 8th Action Learning Action Research World Congress. Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc., Brisbane, Australia., pp. 148-158.

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"In this chapter the authors present a critique of Participatory Evaluation as worked in development projects, in this case, in Nepal. The article works between established claims that Participatory Evaluation builds capacity at programmatic and organisational levels, and the specific experiences of these claims in the authors’ current work. They highlight the need to address key difficulties such as high turn-over of staff and resulting loss of capacity to engage in Participatory Evaluation, and the difficulty of communication between academic as compared with local practical wisdoms. A key issue is the challenge of addressing the inevitable issues of power inequities that such approaches encounter. While Participatory Evaluation has been around for some time, it has only enjoyed more widespread recognition of its value in comparatively recent times, with its uptake in international development environments. To this extent, the practice is still in its early stages of development, and Jo, June and Michael’s work contributes to strengthening and more comprehensively understanding it. With regard to the meta-theme of this publication, this chapter is an example of how context not only influences the methodology to be used and the praxis of how it is to be used, but contributes to early explication of the core nature of an emerging methodology."

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"The ALARA World Congress Proceedings 2010 presents 24 papers from the Congress, from authors around the World.

This selection of papers from the 8th ALARA World Congress (and 10th Participatory Action Research Congress) that took place in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010 is a precise account of how the world's action learning and action research practitioners are responding to the edges in research and learning practices, as well as the substantive matters to which their inquiries contribute. As a reflection on practice, each chapter is an account of how our practitioners encounter knowledge system edges and spaces, call on aspects of theory, mediate with the priorities of co-participants, and contribute their own unfolding as a human being that such activities provoke within us, to craft insights and practice outcomes."

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ISBN: 9780987118103
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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