Using Participatory Action Research (PAR) as participatory evaluation and learning methodology: the case of “Arts for All” Project (2019 – 2022)

This article showcases the experience of using Participatory Action Research (PAR) to enable participatory evaluation and learning throughout the “Arts for All” Project. Unlike conventional approaches to evaluation that rely on external evaluators, PAR promotes participatory evaluation, in which the project participants and implementing team play a central role in judging the project’s outcomes and impacts.

This article is developed with support from the Drosos Foundation.

Mohamed Yassein

Case Studies: Participation and Inclusion

Collective Routes Team developed those five case studies highlighting organizations collaborating with local communities. These case studies will centre on fostering participation and inclusion within the organisations and their broader stakeholders.

These case studies are outcomes of larger consultancies, specifically:

  1. Evaluation and documentation of the “Youth in Action” project executed by Alwan w Awtar and supported by the Drosos Foundation.
  2. YPE-DAPP, led by Oxfam, aimed at showcasing partner organizations’ capacities to integrate inclusivity and other organizational and developmental values at various levels.

Here are the five case studies:

  1. Organizational Culture Evolution: Alwan w Awtar’s Journey This case study delves into the transformation of Alwan w Awtar’s organizational culture over time.
  2. Arts and Community Integration: Alwan w Awtar’s Approach in Underserved Communities Explore how Alwan w Awtar has utilized arts and community-integrated approaches to uplift less privileged communities.
  3. Inclusive Workplace and Environment: BasharSoft’s Forasna Platform Investigate BasharSoft’s efforts towards inclusivity within its internal workplace culture and external environment, focusing on the Forasna platform.
  4. Empowering Women: Better Life Association’s Participatory Approach Discover how Better Life Association fosters inclusivity and empowerment among women through a participatory process, emphasizing tools for sustainable community development.
  5. Diversity and Inclusivity in El Rehla: Examining External Variables This case study analyzes El Rehla’s approach to inclusivity across seven external variables: gender, geography, age, industries, startup’ stages, languages, and stakeholders.

Amira Hossam