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Four challenges in selecting and implementing methods to monitor and evaluate participatory processes: Example from the Rwenzori region, Uganda

Hassenforder, Emeline; Ducrot, Raphaelle; Ferrand, Nils; Barreteau, Olivier; Anne Daniell, Katherine; Pittock, Jamie

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Participatory approaches are now increasingly recognized and used as an essential element of policies and programs, especially in regards to natural resource management (NRM). Most practitioners, decision-makers and researchers having adopted participatory approaches also acknowledge the need to monitor and evaluate such approaches in order to audit their effectiveness, support decision-making or improve learning. Many manuals and frameworks exist on how to carry out monitoring and evaluation...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHassenforder, Emeline
dc.contributor.authorDucrot, Raphaelle
dc.contributor.authorFerrand, Nils
dc.contributor.authorBarreteau, Olivier
dc.contributor.authorAnne Daniell, Katherine
dc.contributor.authorPittock, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-16T01:41:17Z
dc.date.available2016-08-16T01:41:17Z
dc.identifier.issn0301-4797
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/107196
dc.description.abstractParticipatory approaches are now increasingly recognized and used as an essential element of policies and programs, especially in regards to natural resource management (NRM). Most practitioners, decision-makers and researchers having adopted participatory approaches also acknowledge the need to monitor and evaluate such approaches in order to audit their effectiveness, support decision-making or improve learning. Many manuals and frameworks exist on how to carry out monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for participatory processes. However, few provide guidelines on the selection and implementation of M&E methods, an aspect which is also often obscure in published studies, at the expense of the transparency, reliability and validity of the study. In this paper, we argue that the selection and implementation of M&E methods are particularly strategic when monitoring and evaluating a participatory process. We demonstrate that evaluators of participatory processes have to tackle a quadruple challenge when selecting and implementing methods: using mixed-methods, both qualitative and quantitative; assessing the participatory process, its outcomes, and its context; taking into account both the theory and participants' views; and being both rigorous and adaptive. The M&E of a participatory planning process in the Rwenzori Region, Uganda, is used as an example to show how these challenges unfold on the ground and how they can be tackled. Based on this example, we conclude by providing tools and strategies that can be used by evaluators to ensure that they make utile, feasible, coherent, transparent and adaptive methodological choices when monitoring and evaluating participatory processes for NRM.
dc.description.sponsorshipWork on the Rwenzori participatory process was supported by the AfroMaison European FP7 research project and the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
dc.sourceJournal of environmental management
dc.subjectcoding
dc.subjectmixed-methods
dc.subjectoutcome-oriented evaluation
dc.subjectparticipant-based evaluation
dc.subjecttheory-based evaluation
dc.subjecttriangulation
dc.titleFour challenges in selecting and implementing methods to monitor and evaluate participatory processes: Example from the Rwenzori region, Uganda
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume180
dc.date.issued2016-09-15
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationHassenforder, E., Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.contributor.affiliationPittock, J., Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn1095-8630
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage504
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage516
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.05.019
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancehttp://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0301-4797/..."Author's post-print on open access repository after an embargo period of between 12 months and 48 months" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 24/08/16).
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