Beneficiary Assessment [BA] is described as "tool for mangers who wish to improve the quality of development organisations". In this World Bank manual the author gives the rationale for BA, describes its design and comments on the techniques (direct observation, conversational interviews, and participant observation) which are employed. Although PRA is not mentioned, the discussion may be of interest, due to these latter comments - which are further elaborated in the annexes. Examples of the impact of BAs are provided and the question concerning the limited prevalence of participatory evaluation techniques, such as BAs, in Bank projects is briefly discussed.
This article was written with project mangers in mind, especially those working for large donor agencies.
Africa Technical Department, World Bank