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Participatory Action Research: Involving All the Players in Evaluation and Change

Aug 2, 2007

"In so many evaluations," said a program officer, "no one thinks to ask the users." Participatory action research offers grantmakers a way to do so. It engages all parties in all aspects of an evaluation, from defining the problem to gathering and analyzing data to preparing recommendations. In this guide, learn about a unique evaluation method and how grantmakers used it to evaluate programs in agriculture, early childhood development, and immigration. Highlights
  • Ensuring a rigorous approach and objective results
  • Developing trusting partnerships as part of an evaluation
  • Building the conditions for a successful PAR evaluation
  • Two mini-case studies
This guide is part of a series on evaluation techniques.