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Week 17: A Q&A on working with children in evaluation

Jessica.SinclairTaylor's picture 24th April 2014 by Jessica.SinclairTaylor

In February, BetterEvaluation hosted a webinar on working with children in evaluation. Mallika Samaranayake and Sonal Zaveri of the Community of Evaluators-South Asia, presented their participatory approach to conducting evaluations of, with and by children. During the webinar, Mallika and Sonal answered a number of questions from the audience: here we’ve selected some of the highlights.

Week 6: Evaluation with and by, rather than for or of, children

Jessica.SinclairTaylor's picture 7th February 2014 by Jessica.SinclairTaylor

BetterEvaluation hosted a webinar this week with Sonal Zaveri and Mallika Samaranayake of the Community of Evaluators South Asia, on working with children in evaluation.

Working with children poses particular challenges for evaluators, including safeguarding and enabling children to express their opinion where they may not be used to doing so. In the webinar, the presenters discussed three major issues:

Why children’s voices matter

Week 3: Working with children in evaluations

Jessica.SinclairTaylor's picture 16th January 2014 by Jessica.SinclairTaylor

Children are one of the most vulnerable groups to work with, meaning there's a lot to consider when planning an evaluation that involves children. For example, is the evaluation of children's knowledge, feelings and actions; are we doing evaluations with children; or is the evaluation by children. Involving children requires a different set of skills and tools, especially if the evaluation is to lead to the children's own reflection and empowerment.

52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 23: Tips for delivering negative results

Jessica.SinclairTaylor's picture 14th June 2013 by Jessica.SinclairTaylor

It’s a scenario many evaluators dread: the time has come to present your results to the commissioner, and you’ve got bad news. Failing to strike the right balance between forthrightness and diplomacy can mean you either don’t get your message across, or alienate your audience.