M&E Thursday Talk – Community-Based Participatory Research with Marginalized Communities

Linda Stern, NDI

March 7, 2019 10:00am

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Join DME for Peace on Thursday, March 7th at 10:00am EDT, as Linda Stern of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) hosts the M&E Thursday Talks to lead discussion on “Community-Based Participatory Research with Marginalized Communities.”


Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) engages those closest to the issues under evaluation as analytical partners. A form of participatory action research, the aim of CBPR is to increase knowledge of the issues for and with program partners. After ten years of programming to promote the political mainstreaming of excluded Roma populations, NDI wanted to implement a retrospective evaluation that was not only accountable to its donors, but also to its local Roma partners.

Using a CBPR model, NDI engaged Roma partners in each step of the research cycle, first by establishing a Roma Advisory Committee to scope and oversee the evaluation and then training Roma Research Assistants to implement community based research in 10 Roma communities in Eastern Slovakia.

Linda Stern will share NDI’s experience, identifying the benefits and challenges of CBPR with marginalized communities, as well as the strengths and limitations of the CBPR model itself. Following the presentation, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss how these findings can be further applied.

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