The Participation X-ray
Like many of you I’m starting to prepare for AEA’s annual conference next week in Denver, where I will be presenting an innovative poster called: “The Meta-evaluation Dashboard” – a Dashboard that helps us unravelling the methodology and decisions made by the evaluators. It is also a valuable tool for Evaluation quality assurance.
I would warmly like to invite you to stop by during the poster session (next Wednesday 15th from 19:00 to 20:30) so you can take a look and we can discuss it and you give me your feedback. But this week I wanted you to take a peek on one of the various elements on the Dashboard.
I call it the Participation Scan.
It was inspired by the many evaluation reports I see which label their methodology as “participatory” or using a participatory approach. But participation has many levels and many layers. I always wonder about how participatory it is in reality. So I decided to create a way to visualise this:
Mapping the main phases of any evaluation on the left axis and the most relevant stakeholders on the other, the result is a matrix where participation can be easily presented. Then we rubric participation levels we could distinguish 4 degrees:
– Low level participation = Consultation – represented in white color
– Medium level participation: Concertation – represented in light grey
– High level participation: Cooperation – represented in daker grey
– Highest level participation: Responsible – represented by darkest grey
The result is an easy way to map participation: it shows which stakeholders participated in each of the evaluation stages and to which extend.
If you liked this Participation Scan included in the Meta-evaluation Dashboard I created, remember to look for this poster in Denver. Of course you can also leave a message with your thoughts about it. Thanks in advance :-P.
More coming shortly!