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learning-from-changeLearning from Change

Issues and Experiences in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Marisol Estrella, Jutta Blauert, Dindo Campilan, John Gaventa, Julian Gonsalves, Irene Guijt, Deb Johnson, and Roger Ricafort (Eds.), 2000, Practical Action Publishing, IDRC, 288 p., ISBN: 0-88936-895-3

Learning from Change provides an overview of the common themes and experiences in participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation across different institutions and sectors. It is a compilation of selected case studies and discussions between practitioners, academics, donors, and policymakers in participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E).

It explores conceptual, methodological, institutional, and policy issues that need to be addressed to enrich our understanding and practice of PM&E. The book is in three sections. The first provides a general overview of PM&E, synthesizing literature surveys and regional reviews of PM&E practice around the world. The second presents case studies that illustrate the diverse range of settings and contexts in which PM&E is being applied. The third raises the key issues and challenges arising from the case studies and discussions, and proposes areas for future research and action.

Learning from Change will be an important reference for development professionals worldwide as well as for anyone interested in the process of participatory development, including researchers, academics, fieldworkers, development practitioners, and policymakers.

strengthening-rural-livelihoodsStrengthening Rural Livelihoods

The impact of information and communication technologies in Asia

David J. Grimshaw and Shalini Kala (Eds.), 2011, Practical Action Publishing Ltd., © International Development Research Centre, ISBN: 978-1-85339-722-6

Through its collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in the Programme for Knowledge Networking in Rural Asia and the Pacifi c (ENRAP), IFAD took the opportunity to examine how information related constraints in poor rural areas are being overcome and how information technology is being employed to the benefit of men and women, young and old who live there.

It supported studies in China, India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. It looked at the use of ‘information communications technologies’ (ICTs) in providing agricultural extension services, getting timely market price information, finding out about rural wage labour opportunities, helping rural communities to build a sustainable asset base and understanding crop diseases and soil nutrition. The results of the research are presented here.

making-evaluation-matterMaking Evaluation Matter

Writings from South Asia

Katherine Eve Hay and Shubh Kumar-Range (Eds.), 2014, SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd. Copyright © International Development Research Centre (IDRC), ISBN (e-book): 978-1-55250-583-0

The idea for this volume came with the formation of the Community of Evaluators (CoE) for South Asia in 2008. The CoE’s goal is to enhance the field of evaluation. That initiative brought together a group of evaluators from across South Asia interested in working together to strengthen the quality, use, and relevance of evaluation in the region.

The diversity within the evaluation community in South Asia is vast; among the writers in this volume, you will see many differences of views on issues of use, design, approaches, and methods. But there are also many points of convergence where they come together: on issues of quality, of use, and ultimately of ‘making a difference’ in improving real lives on the ground.