The transformative and emancipatory potential of participatory evaluation: Reflections from a participatory action research study with war-affected young mothers

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dc.contributor.author Worthen, Miranda
dc.contributor.author Veale, Angela
dc.contributor.author McKay, Susan
dc.contributor.author Wessells, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-23T06:47:24Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-23T06:47:24Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-04
dc.identifier.citation Worthen, M., Veale, A., McKay, S. and Wessells, M., 2019. The transformative and emancipatory potential of participatory evaluation: reflections from a participatory action research study with war-affected young mothers. Oxford Development Studies, (17pp). DOI:10.1080/13600818.2019.1584282 en
dc.identifier.volume 47 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 154 en
dc.identifier.endpage 170 en
dc.identifier.issn 1360-0818
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9197
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13600818.2019.1584282 en
dc.description.abstract The Participatory Action Research (PAR) study with Young Mothers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and northern Uganda which took place from 2006 to 2009 aimed to understand what ‘reintegration’ meant to young mothers formerly associated with armed groups. It also implemented social action initiatives designed by study participants to promote their wellbeing and achieve reintegration. We evaluated the study using multiple participatory evaluation methods, situating evaluation as part of the cycle of research and action. This approach facilitated young mothers’ participation in developing the criteria by which the study and its reintegration outcomes would be judged. We describe each method and what we uniquely learned from using a participatory evaluation approach. We discuss how this approach is well-suited for complex studies, can enhance data quality, increases capacity of all involved in the evaluation and supports the critical reflexivity necessary for participatory studies to succeed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600818.2019.1584282
dc.rights © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Child soldiers en
dc.subject Post-conflict en
dc.subject Community-based participatory research en
dc.subject Mixed-methods en
dc.subject Evaluation en
dc.subject Participatory action research en
dc.title The transformative and emancipatory potential of participatory evaluation: Reflections from a participatory action research study with war-affected young mothers en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Angela Veale, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: a.veale@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder Oak Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder Pro Victimis Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder Rockefeller Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder Compton Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder UNICEF West Africa en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Oxford Development Studies en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.veale@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.eissn 1469-9966


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