The PADev Guidebook
describes the methodology of the project and aims to assist others in
using similar evaluation tools.
(56 pages, 3mb) | Spanish
a financial note - 'the costs of PADev' (4
exercise templates (zip with 9 excel files, 35 kb) | Templates
PADev is an innovative
toolbox of techniques and methods that aim to achieve a bottom-up assessment
of development and change in a particular area over a period of time
based on the value systems of the population. PADev is a holistic and
participatory approach to development assessment.
PADev can be differentiated
from conventional assessment methodologies which often focus on a single
agency, project/programme or sector with quite a "technical"
expert-driven approach to evaluation of output, effect and sometimes
impact. In PADev, participants assess a wide range of changes, projects
and agencies based on their perceptions. Further, PADev assessments
typically look back at development and change over the past twenty to
thirty years. This yields extremely valuable information for NGOs in
the area: they learn about their own impact vis-à-vis other actors,
and in addition, they find out which types of projects have been regarded
as most effective and relevant and more importantly: for whom and why.
This can be an important lesson for future interventions. PADev should
not be thought of as a replacement for conventional approaches, but
rather as an alternative approach that enables a "big picture"
of development and change to be constructed for an area.
This guidebook has been
written specifically for those interested in implementing the PADev
methodology. It begins with an introduction to the PADev workshop setup,
before describing the aims and methods of each exercise. The complete
PADev methodology comprises nine participatory exercises that can be
run in a workshop format over three days, but depending on the objective
of the assessment, it is also possible to carry out a selection of the
exercises to complement existing assessment approaches. It should be
stressed that this guidebook is not intended to be prescriptive. While
it does describe what has worked for us, we do encourage further experimentation
and adaptation as circumstances require.
Up to this point we
have employed PADev only in ex-post assessments. However, as Robert
Chambers has pointed out during a recent debate about the PADev approach
and preliminary findings, there is also potential for PADev to be extended
for use in the development of community action plans. PADev can also
be an excellent way for NGOs and even local governments to improve the
design of their interventions and their communication with supposed
We encourage you to
share your experiences with us! Please e-mail Prof. Ton Dietz (project
coordinator): dietzaj [at] ascleiden.nl