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Eval2015 Session 2790: Reciprocity in Research: Using a Social Justice Framework to Balance Evaluator and Community Needs 

11-30-2015 15:27

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. Note: All photos of program participants, which were used during the presentation, were replaced with generic photos prior to being posted here. This was done to abide by the specifications set in the consent forms that were co-created with participants.

#Ethics #transformativeevaluation #reciprocity #Collaborative,ParticipatoryandEmpowermentEval #collaborativeevaluation #socialjustice

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Demonstration session presented at Eval2015. Topic Interest Group: Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation