2020 will remain engraved on our memories as the year when the COVID-19 pandemic irrupted into our lives. We experienced on a global scale the depth of our connection and interdependency as well as how closely intertwined our realities are.
In such a context, we are very happy to present this handbook for participatory evaluation which was put together as our response from the field of evaluation. In the face of fragility and the limits of self-sufficiency, we intend to foreground the multitude of voices and experiences of the people involved in development processes.
This book is the result of joint work. It is at the same time sowing and harvest of multiple experiences and knowledge. Its pages mirror the collective thinking, feeling and learning of a great many colleagues who have been working on the subject in Latin America.
With its multimedia format that combines illustrations, links to videos and complementary bibliography, this handbook tackles the long course of participatory evaluation in the region. Its chapters introduce and develop the phases and stages of participatory evaluation, the major role played by the facilitators of those evaluation processes as well as the part that participatory techniques and instruments play in this evaluation approach.
With a transformational viewpoint on reality, this handbook presents participatory evaluation as a community of dialogue that, by means of sowing collective views and experiences, manages to harvest learnings of improvement to boost present and future realities. The EvalParticipativa community would like to invite you to go over the handbook (English version will be available by mid-year 2021), we trust it will prove to be a useful tool and an ally for facilitating quality participatory evaluation experiences in the region.
This book was made possible thanks to the joint effort of different entities: the Research Program on Employment, the Environment and Society (PETAS) at the National University of San Juan (Argentina) in collaboration with Focelac, the project for evaluation capacity development and networking in Latin America run jointly by the German Institute for Development Evaluation(DEval) and the Costa Rican Ministry of National Planning and Economic Policy (Mideplan).
The handbook is available in Spanish