How You Can Facilitate a Participatory Assessment

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Over the past few days, I’ve been involved myself in a participatory assessment with the Myanmar refugees of Bangladesh.

Participatory Assessment as Learning More About the Community You Want to Help

While I’ve been out in the field, I’ve also been sharing some insights on how you too can conduct a participatory assessment which would involve discussions with key people from the community.

Resources to Help You Conduct a Participatory Assessment

I’ve compiled my most relevant posts on participatory assessment below so that it’s easy for you to read up more on the area that you want to brush up on.

Hopefully, these free resources can inspire you to improve on your participatory assessment technique.

  • What is a Participatory Assessment? – You need to know what it’s all about in order for a participatory assessment to be useful for your social enterprise. Learn more about what it is and how it can be beneficial for both your social enterprise and the community that you work with.
  • How to Prepare for a Participatory Assessment – Once you’ve decided that your social enterprise needs to hold a participatory assessment, you will have to start planning and preparing for it. Discover some tips on ways to get yourself organized for discussions with your target community.
  • 12 Steps to Holding Discussions in a Participatory Assessment – Running discussions with various groups in the community can be challenging. There may be opinions and ideas that will throw you off and you may never expect what you find out. These are some guidelines to help you along the way so that you can facilitate a fruitful discussion.
  • 8 Key Ethics in the Participatory Assessment Process – While participatory assessments are about finding out information, it may shed some light on some very sensitive and personal information. Facilitators of participatory assessments should remember to respect the opinions and information of the participants. Learn some of the specific ways that you can ensure you respect your participants.