This article describes Redd Barna - Uganda's experiences in using the Issues Matrix to analyse intra-communal difference, by facilitating independent discussions of different gender and age groups, in order to arrive at communal decisions. The Issues Matrix is a table, which captures, in a summary form, all the issues of concern that arise out of the initial application of PRA methods by interest groups. Marginalised groups in a community can advocate for their issues in the decision-making process, through the independent analysis that this method entails. The Issues Matrix can be used for situation analysis, as a practical starting point to address concerns that need immediate attention, as a benchmark for community-based planning and for participatory monitoring and evaluation. It is not only a tool for the analysis of intra-communal difference - it also promotes consensus building and paves the way for long term community planning and action.
This article describes step by step the evaluation process used to examine the impact of three years of a WN project. The process involved villagers, village and inter-village leaders, technical WN stafff and external resource people. Villagers were involved in deciding the terms of reference, establishing the village sample using ranking, collection of data and analysis. Collection of data was carried out using both qualitative and quantitative methods, with an emphasis on triangulation of the data.
This article outlines a process planning and management approach in establishing a new project for CONCERN Worldwide, in an area of Tanzania. The programme is an integrated rural development programme focusing on food security. The article introduces how the project was conceived and started as a result of serious food shortage, and why full participation in all phases ws a concern. To achieve this, a process planning approach was adopted. The article discusses the features of this approach and its practical implementation. The key factors identified in the successful operation of the process approach are staffing and communication. The advantages and disadvantages of the process are also discussed.