Evaluation 2015: Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World

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Reciprocity in Research: Using a Social Justice Framework to Balance Evaluator and Community Needs

Session Number: 2790
Track: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: collaborative evaluation, ethics, reciprocity, Social Justice, transformative evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Giovanni P. Dazzo [Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor]
Time: Nov 12, 2015 (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)
Room: Michigan B

Audience Level: None

Session Abstract: 

Working with vulnerable populations raises questions of reciprocity: as evaluators, we acquire information from communities, but what are we giving back? In this session, the presenter will demonstrate how a community consultation was structured in a way that not only collected data from participants (former political prisoners in Burma), but also trained them on the methods being used to collect their data, allowing them to use these methods with their communities in the future. Topics of this demonstration include how the evaluation team: collaborated with local partners on evaluation design; trained participants on methods they deemed useful; incorporated participatory methods from start (co-creating consent forms) to finish (reporting and use); and, used interactive methods, including story-circles and storyboards, to allow participants to interpret data and document their own recommendations. Throughout the demonstration, the positive and negative implications of adopting such an approach with a vulnerable population will also be discussed.

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