Views of the poor: some thoughts on how to involve your own staff to conduct quick, low cost but insightful research into poor people's perspectives
This handbook is a result of the Views of the poor study, organised by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Tanzania, in late 2002, to assist in strengthening the poverty focus of the new Swiss country programme for Tanzania. The handbook focuses on a rapid and low cost approach used in the participatory rural study of household surveys of the poor.
The methods presented for "Self Evaluation exercises" [SEE], are a "toolbox of methods" to assist in "assessing the past, present and future situations" and "establish willingness/readiness of actors to be involved in sustaining the programme". Fundamental to this approach is the assertion that "the views, concerns and involvement of the beneficiaries and workers alike matters".