Working with vulnerable populations raises questions of reciprocity: we acquire information, but what are we giving back? The communities, activists and organizations we work with often use tactics that can easily incorporate evaluation, but we often separate the two. Join DME for Peace and Giovanni Dazzo of US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for the M&E Thursday Talk Series on Reciprocity in Research: Integrating Evaluation & Human Rights Methods to Balance Evaluator & Community Needs.
In this talk, Giovanni will summarize how a community consultation was structured in a way that not only collected data from former political prisoners in Burma, but also trained them on the methods used to collect their data, allowing them to use these tactics for advocacy and community organization in the future. Topics include how the evaluation team: trained participants on methods they could use; incorporated participatory methods from start (co-creating consent forms) to finish (reporting and use); and, used interactive methods—story-circles, root cause analysis, and storyboards—to show participants how to interpret data and document their own recommendations. Other tactics where evaluation can coincide with intervention—community mapping, human rights documentation—will also be discussed.
Time: Thursday, September 1st at 10:00am EDT