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Participation, relationships and dynamic change : new thinking on evaluating the work of international networks

CHURCH, Madeline
et al
2003

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Gives an overview discussion of the key characteristics of networks, noting that international development increasingly takes a network form. Networks typically put an emphasis on: facilitative leadership; building relationships and trust; light co-ordinating structure that allows decentralisation, autonomy and voluntary participation. However, these are charactersitics that traditional evaluation approaches have not been developed to address. Provides a useful check-list for evaluating networks and suggests some useful practical tools to approach the evaluation of networks, such as: ‘Contributions assessment’ to guage how effectively the network facilitates the circulation of resources, and enables people to make the contribution that they are capable of; ‘Clarification of aims and activities’ (adapted Weaver’s Triangle) tool to clarify how participants perspectives and activities diverge or converge over time; ‘Channels of Participation’ tool to assess how and were members interact in a network and look at changes over time; ‘Monitoring the edges’ to track independent networking stimulated but not through the centre

Population, Health and Nutrition (PHN) Center Communication Meeting : a one-day consultation meeting on communication in the population, health and nutrition sector for US Agency for International Development (USAID) staff and external USAID partners

TOWBIN, Dina
2000

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The objectives of the meeting were: to discuss evidence of what works in PHN communications; examine how to draw and record lessons from unsuccessful attemps; discuss priorities for communication for the next decade. Diffusion and participatory approaches to development communication were described, literature reviewed, and challenges identified. These include addressing skill transfer, building capacity and sustainability; examining comparability across cultures; building bridges between communication and other interventions; identifying determinants; including a rich mix of indicators; tailoring programmes for specific audiences; leveraging resources

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