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The Barefoot Guide 5 on E-value-action
On November 6th, 2014, a few practitioners of the Barefoot Guide Connection will meet in Paris for a first meeting about the Barefoot Guide 5. The theme has already been chosen: Evaluation. For the Barefoot Guide 5, we are aiming for something bigger than a guide: let’s start a wave!
How can you get involved?
· Share with us your ideas about what should be in the Barefoot Guide - What issues should it cover?
· Join us on Nov 6th in Paris – E-mail us for more details (you will need to pay your own costs)
· If you cannot join us in Paris, but still would like to be involved, send us an
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· Share this message with people in your network who may be interested in getting involved
Evaluation should be drastically rethought. It must be seem as a holistic process, focusing on evaluation practices, and driven by grassroots communities to translate learning into action: E-value-action!
Evaluation can be a very powerful tool: it can be used destructively, but also very creatively to advance developmental approach and transform the development paradigm.
Currently, very few resources on evaluation are easy to read: too often they are boring, academic, or full of jargons. We need a fresh and accessible perspective. The world is struggling with evaluation: how do we manage to offer a good balance between learning and accountability? How do we inspire evaluation using other tools, such as capitalisation? What kind of systemic lessons can we draw from evaluation practices? How could we better link evaluation and research?
The advocacy component in evaluation is often underestimated. We might look at how evaluation is being used in the current context, and build better connections between evaluation and advocacy, evaluation and social change.
As with all the previous Barefoot Guides, we want to create a very inclusive E-Value-Action Barefoot Guide. Organisations such as F3E, CDRA, and KEPA have already manifested their interest on the Barefoot Guide 5.
If you represent or are part of an organisation or an evaluation society, if you are a researcher, a consultant, an activist, or a financial and technical partner, if you are interested in this topic, if you can bring innovative ideas or a deep experience, you are welcome to join us too. You can choose to participate more or less actively and to play different roles in this process, as long as you come to work under pleasure!
To ensure inclusiveness and diversity, we thought of facilitating processes at different levels, which would be combined with each other, like Russian dolls. At the centre of gravity we will have a common question: How can we transform evaluation so that it leads to social change?
This Barefoot Guide aims to encourage the participation of speakers of different languages, which might translate into contextual (cultural) local writeshops, and then a central one…
The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Evaluation. This seems to be a great opportunity to start our process. The Barefoot Guide 5 may or may not be finished in 2015, depending on several factors, but 2015 seems to be the right time to start and keep the project very active.
New Guides and Resources
Using Pantoums for Deeper
Reflections - 3 versions
This is a lovely exercise to open or to close a session. In a very structured way, sentence by sentence, all participants are able to write a poem which reflects their feelings and thoughts in a way that gets around self-censorship, opening the way for more authentic conversation. (The Pantoum is is a form of poetry derived from the Pantun, a Malay verse form - specifically from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains). We have given 3 different sets of instructions as examples for how this can be adapted - e.g. for visioning, for connecting with work and the will, for facing loss or pain.
La Guía Descalza de Prácticas de Aprendizaje para Organizaciones y Cambio Social
Estamos felices de anunciar la publicación de "La Guía de Prácticas Descalza de Aprendizaje párr Organizaciones y Cambio Social". Gracias al Plan Internacional para patrocinar la traducción.
Este es un recurso práctico para líderes, facilitadores y profesionales que quieren mejorar y enriquecer sus procesos de aprendizaje. Está dirigida a individuos y organizaciones y a la práctica del cambio social en el terreno.
Designing and facilitating
creative learning activities
If you are responsible in any way for learning activities in your organisation this is a valuable source of ideas of where to start or what to do. It’s full of tips but also some of the thinking that goes on behind the scenes.
BFG1: Kwenye mwongozo wa mguu kufanya kazi na mashirika na mabadiliko ya kijamii
Ni mwongozo wa vitendo, mahususi kwa viongozi na wawezeshaji wenye nia ya kusaidia mashirika kufanyakazi na kukua kwa ustawi zaidi, mashirika yenye kujali watu na yenye kutumia mbinu bora zaidi katika kujenga jamii yenye misingi ya utu. Mwongozo huu umeandaliwa na kundi la mguu peku.