Participatory Mid-term Program Evaluation Guidelines
Participatory approaches for a mid-term evaluation of family planning programs.
The guidelines include core questions on project implementation and internal project management and outline steps in the collaborative evaluation progress. Appendices include: 1) project implementation topics for discussion, 2) examples of data presentation formats, 3) guides to data collection methods, 4) examples of data collection instruments, and 5) a suggested project mid-term evaluation report outline.
CARE in 1994 in a global effort.
Project managers at the institutional and programmatic level in non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The guidelines were used in 1994 in the Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, Togo, Peru, Niger and Bangladesh. Project staff were very positive about the active involvement of counterparts. Comments on the use of the guidelines were: 1) that they facilitated a participatory group process, and 2) established a sense of ownership with partners. However, the process was judged to be intensive and time-consuming. Establishing the critical questions to be examined and the approach took a long time.
Simplified version, programmatic application of participatory approach.
Where time is limited, participatory approach may be difficult to apply, because the process involves many players and requires at least three weeks.
Recommendations for Users:
The guidelines are best used in a project which deals with community leaders/participants because it facilitates their active involvement in and commitment to project activities.
Reports and Publications:
Mid-term evaluation reports available from CARE.
Data collection forms and guidelines in French, Spanish and English.
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