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

This is the M&E Thursday Talk from Thursday, March 7th, when Linda Stern of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) led a 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.

Linda Stern shared NDI’s experience using this evaluation method with Roma communities, identified the benefits and challenges of CBPR with  participatory research with marginalized communities, and explored the strengths and limitations of the model itself.

Following the presentation, participants engaged in a Q&A session and discussed how these findings can be further applied.

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