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  • Sanjukta Moorthy

Participatory Evaluative Questions

I use this checklist of evaluative questions so often when designing methodologies I thought it might be useful for you.

I use them at end-of-project evaluations, midterm, and during project planning. It's important to make sure that we've thought through all of these and that our communities, project partners, and sometimes even our team is on the same page.

You would be amazed by how many unspoken assumptions we make about a project without checking if anyone else sees them the same way!

  1. To whom does the programme belong?

  2. Who has decided this?

  3. How has this evolved during the course of the programme?

  4. What issue gets prioritised?

  5. What issues have been sidelined?

  6. What strategies were prioritised for this programme?

  7. How were decisions made?

  8. Who was sidelined in making decisions?

  9. Who made the decisions?

  10. How would others respond to these questions?

I would love to hear from you about how you've used these. What other evaluative questions do you use? Are they always participatory, or do you also add some traditional questions?

[Image credit: Ipsita Dwivedi]

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