"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. Part of our series on evaluation techniques.
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From Community Teams to Statewide Policy. To “develop trusting partnerships,” there was “plenty of schmoozing time over spaghetti dinners,” recalled the lead evaluator of a PAR research program to engage parents, nonprofit service providers, and teachers in interventions for children who showed signs of developmental delays.Read More »
PAR is probably not the approach to take when you are, according to a grantmaker, seeking “demographic or cultural data,” or in the words of an evaluator, “looking at larger patterns, rates, changes over time,” or trying to demonstrate the results of an intervention by comparison with a control group.Read More »
Participatory Action Research (PAR) offers grantmakers opportunities to bring applied research and evaluation skills to those closest to the issues involved. PAR evaluation promotes positive change as it produces objective data, building knowledge that communities and communities of practice can put to use in strengthening themselves...Read More »