The voices of affected populations in evaluation

March 16, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

The notion of listening to the voices of the affected populations is nothing new in humanitarian evaluation.  However, in the past there has been a lot of talk with little action.   The Listening Project is one of the first structured and global initiatives to look at this issue – not only from the evaluation perspective but more broadly – and have recently produced a summary study Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid (pdf)  based on discussions with almost 6,000 people in 20 countries.  You can also read a news report about this issue on IRIN news.

As part of a stakeholder consultations I’ve been involved with for the Joint Standards Initiative, we’ve also been listening to affected populations – from Senegal to Pakistan to Mexico.  The video below provides some short excerpts of interviews with affected populations, in addition to humanitarian workers from these consultations.

Entry filed under: Evaluation methodology, Evaluation reporting.

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