PLA 34: Learning from Analysis

The special theme section of this issue of Participatory Learning and Aaction looks at ‘analysis’: the tricky process of ‘making sense’ of the information derived from participatory approaches.

Article, 01 February 1999
Participatory Learning and Action
A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

February 1999

Guest Editors: Irene Guijt and Su Braden

While it is easy to generate much interesting and unusual information through participatory processes, it is often very difficult to make sense of the mountain of data with which we are left. Where does participation in analysis begin and end? When does it happen, and how and by whom is learning represented? How can serious analysis ensure that local people learn about the value of their lives and gain the confidence to represent their own choices?

Articles in the theme section discuss what happens when data is ‘collected’, discussed, summarised and shared, when priorities are made, and action points are agreed. It includes examples from Uganda, Peru, UK, Malawi, India, Brazil and El Salvador. The articles examine who is involved in analysing information at different stages in a participatory process and discuss how critical reflection can, and should, become part of any participatory process.

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Pushing the limits of mapping and wealth ranking
Anton Simanowitz

Participatory assessment and the twenty points of progress program: the experience from Mexico
Gary M. Woller and James B. Mayfield

Public participation and GIS: report back
Gavin Jordan

Learning from analysis

Ensuring reflection in participatory processes
Irene Guijt and Su Braden

Beyond the good discussion: the issues matrix for analysing intra-communal difference in PRAP
Grace Mukasa and Geoffrey Mugisha

Finding a voice through analysis of the everyday experience of poverty
Maria Chase, Joan Pine and Sam Swaby, with Su Braden

Interaction for irrigation: how analysis guided a construction project in Peru
Natasha van Dijk

Order from chaos? making local data relevant for policy audiences
S. Rengasamy, P. Bala Murugan, John Devavaram and Simon Croxton

PRA that supports local development: the experience of developing a municipal rural development plan in Tombos, Brazil
Andréa Alice C. Faria

Communities meet policy-makers through video-supported analysis: rural energy issues in Malawi
Su Braden and Valerie Nelson

Making sense of community wellbeing: processes of analysis in participatory wellbeing assessments in South London
Andrea Cornwall

Rejecting "the manual" for more critical and participatory analysis: REFLECT's experience in El Salvador
Bimal Kumar Phnuyal

Feedback: Barriers to the institutionalisation of PRA in NGOs in Nepal
Marion Gibbon with a response from Michel Pimbert

A brief guide to training in participatory methods in the field

Tips for Trainers: Introducing the 'H-form' - a method for monitoring and evaluation
Susan Guy and Andrew S.Inglis