Participatory Project Design: Its Implications for Evaluation. A Case Study from El Salvador

Participatory Project Design: Its Implications for Evaluation. A Case Study from El Salvador

Draws lessons from a project designed in El Salvador based on participatory principles and how this can be applied to the field of evaluation. Indeed, evaluations using participatory approaches can be more effective when the project has been designed in a participatory manner from the beginning. The approach used in this case study involved a process of self-evaluation and analysis by stakeholders combined with field visits and workshops with project staff, NGOs and the private sector. The existing project which involved the support of daycare centres for marginalized children two to six years of age began to undergo changes that would have been unlikely using more traditional approaches. The paper argues that sound development must involve the direct participation of those that are central to the development process. This calls for greater transparency and decentralization of decision-making to the poor by Government and donors. While participatory approaches are more labour intensive, the outcome can lead to real change by project stakeholders. [author]

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