It is with great joy that we share the news of the launch of a new resource in our community of practice and learning EvalParticipativa, aimed at accompanying and illustrating the Sowing and Harvesting, participatory evaluation handbook .

This is a set of five short videos, one for each core chapter of the manual, done in Whiteboard-animation format.

The Whiteboard-animation format (or whiteboard animation) has gained popularity as a form of communication and distance training. The logic of this tool is to tell an illustrated story, simulating that it unfolds and develops on a blackboard. The animations are accompanied by a scripted narration with the purpose of explaining, in an entertaining and simple way, concepts that, explained in another way, would not be easy to grasp in a few minutes.

In our case, each of the videos gives a brief and direct account of the key elements and concepts of each of the chapters that make up the Sowing and Harvesting handbook. You can access each chapter by clicking on the respective image.

Video 1 presents the EvalParticipativa initiative, its purpose and its origins in the context of the growing interest and development of participatory evaluation experiences both in Latin America and globally.

Along with this, the process that gave rise to the production of the Sowing and Harvesting handbook is introduced, and its main contents are reported as well as their location in the other videos.

Video 2 , “The what and how of Participatory Evaluation”, links this evaluation style with initiatives from other global contexts as well as from the Latin American reality itself.

The seven key principles of participatory evaluation are specifically highlighted, along with their potential to promote rights, inclusion and equity.

Video 3 , “The How of participatory evaluation”, reviews the general aspects as well as the particularities of participatory evaluation.

To do this, its programming, implementation and use phases are introduced, as well as the stages and elements that characterize the development of a participatory evaluation. In each instance, emphasis is placed on the role of the multiple actors linked to the intervention throughout the evaluation process.

Video 4 is dedicated to “Facilitating participatory evaluation”, where the traditional role of the person who evaluates becomes that of facilitator of the evaluation process.

The video presents the most common tasks that correspond to the evaluator in his role of facilitation of the evaluation, and outlines the main aspects to take into account for the development of a successful facilitation.

Finally, Video 5 presents “Tools for participatory evaluation”, clarifying what they are and what their advantages and limitations are.

Along with providing seven criteria to take into account when choosing and using these instruments, a classification of the tools is presented both according to their modality and the purpose for which we can use them.

The videos can be consulted in order as well as individually, according to one’s purposes and particular interests. Its main use is to provide a brief and clear introduction to the concepts and elements presented in more detail in the Sowing and Harvesting manual, so it can be used in workshops and different training instances, both face-to-face and virtually. Surely the creativity of the members of the EvalParticipativa community will find new and enriching ways to get the best out of them. We look forward to hearing your comments about it!

Therefore, we invite you to become familiar with, use and enjoy these new audiovisual tools, which have been added to the Resources section of the EvalParticipativa family.

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