PLA 42: Children's Participation - Evaluating Effectiveness

This issue of Participatory Learning and Action examines issues surrounding the evaluation of children's participation. 

Article, 30 September 2001
Participatory Learning and Action
A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

October 2001

Guest Editors: Nadia Auriat, Per Miljeteig, Louise Chawla

The issue is based on a symposium on 'Children's Participation in Community Settings' held in Oslo, Norway in June 2000, and is guest edited by Louise Chawla of Kentucky State University. 

It also builds on PLA Notes 25, a previous special issue on children's participation published in 1996, which focused on ethical concerns, institutional contexts, and participatory techniques.

This issue considers:

  • What happens when children have opportunities to play an active role in shaping their communities and the conditions for their own well-being
  • How to determine if these initiatives serve the ideals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • How to make evaluation itself a partnership between children and adults.

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Overview - identifying best practices in children's participation
Nadia Auriat, Per Miljeteig and Louise Chawla

Evaluating children's participation: seeking areas of consensus
Louise Chawla

How can organisations facilitate children's participation?
Annette Giertsen

Making children's participation in neighbouring settings relevant to the everyday lives of young people
Barry Percy-Smith and Karen Malone

Extracts from The Children's Clubs of Nepal: a democratic experiment
Jasmine Rajbhandary, Roger Hart and Chandrika Khatiwada

Evaluating the Zimiseleni researchers' project: participatory research as intervention with 'hard-to-reach' boys
Glynis Clacherty and Johanna Kistner

'Do not look down on us': child researchers investigate informal settlements in Zimbabwe
Chris McIvor

Putting child rights and participatory monitoring and evaluation with children into practice: some examples in Indonesia, Nepal and South Africa, and the UK
Robert Nurick and Vicky Johnson

Promoting child-centred community development through participation evaluation
Lalitha Iyer

The benefits of participatory evaluation for children and youth
Kim Sabo

Children's participation in the context of forced migration
Jo Boyden

General Section

Participatory agroforestry curriculum development - an account of a participatory writing workshop
Peter Taylor and Per Rudebjer

Community participation with the disabled: training in Yemen
Valli Yanni

Tips for Trainers - Knives and Forks