Voices for Change: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in China

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IDRC, 2003 - Social Science - 174 pages
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The new and powerful methodology of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) is gaining wide use among international development agencies and research institutions around the world. PM&E brings together both researchers and stakeholders, such as farmers, government officials, and extension workers, to monitor and assess development activities.

This book is the first to reflect upon the introduction, implementation, and assessment of a PM&E training program. It documents a PM&E training process in Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, China, illustrating how this strategy can strengthen the learning and accountability of research teams and, consequently, the effectiveness of their research work. Using concrete examples, this book shows that it is not only what is being assessed that matters, but also who is doing the assessment and for whom the assessments are intended. It also makes a valuable and unique contribution to our understanding of how different concerns and interests are represented and negotiated in a research process.

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Page 5 - Local governments and grassroots organizations are, at the same time, becoming more assertive and articulate in their identification of resource questions — including the expression of their views and interests. "Traditional" policies and research have often discounted the role of local people in the design and implementation of measures, projects, and
Page 4 - modified by colonial and state regulations that may be changing rapidly with national economic policy reforms. Problems related to the sustainable management of natural resources are most critical in the uplands and coastal areas, where natural resource degradation can lead to
Page 19 - provinces in China and about half its population belongs to ethnic minority groups. These groups mainly inhabit the mountainous rural areas where they manage complex production systems consisting of irrigated and rainfed rice fields,
Page 19 - Using participatory appraisal tools, the team described and analyzed current household and community-based management practices, evaluated the impact of economic, sociocultural and agro-ecological factors on the natural resource base in the villages, and identified constraints and opportunities for technical and policy interventions aimed at improving livelihoods and the sustainable management of land, water and trees (Chen Deshou et al.
Page 21 - to reflect critically on the research process and the meaning of participation. This further strengthened learning and increased accountability and effectiveness because PM&E emphasizes not only what is being monitored and evaluated, but also who is measuring and how various concerns and interests are negotiated and represented (Sun Qiu et al. 2000).
Page 21 - study of gender roles, were carried out and constraints and opportunities for interventions were identified. The research team also broadened the involvement of key stakeholders, actively including local and provinciallevel administrators and policymakers,
Page 173 - in social development from Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. She is a senior researcher and the director of the Integrated Rural Development Centre at the Guizhou Academy of Agricultural Sciences. She was a core team member of the
Page 19 - uplands and grasslands, forested areas and so-called " wastelands." Problems that people face include low yields, little crop diversification, forests that in general are not in good health, and overgrazed common grasslands. In 1995, a multidisciplinary research team at the
Page 20 - materials, and funds), construction, operations, and maintenance. The meaningful involvement of the local farmers in the whole process has been the key incentive for building high-quality facilities and managing them well (with an eye for efficiency, equity, and sustainability).
Page 20 - In one village, a 200-year-old problem was solved by the construction of a village-managed drinking water system, which is regulated under a set of standards and rules that define the rights and obligations of all users

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Ronnie Vernooy is a Senior Program Specialist in Environment and Natural Resources at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at China Agriculture University.

Sun Qiu is Director of the Centre for Integrated Rural Development Research, Guizhou Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Guiyang, China.

Xu Jianchu is Director of the Department of Ethnobotany, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China.

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