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Sector Mapping

Sector Mapping and Evaluation approaches have long been criticized because their results are often not used. It is believed that Practical Participatory Evaluation (PPE) addresses this drawback. The PPE approach focuses on the mechanisms underlying the links between activities and consequences. A PPE framework comprises four key concepts and three hypotheses. The key concepts are interactive quantitative and qualitative data production, knowledge co-construction, local context of action, and instrumental use. The hypotheses articulate the relationships between these concepts. This framework highlights the importance of practitioner knowledge and participation in the PPE process in enhancing the use of results.

By Practical Participatory Evaluation (PPE) we mean applied social research that involves a partnership between trained research/evaluation personnel and practice-based decision makers, organizational members with program responsibility, or people with a vital interest in the research area and/or program.

In our approach, we focus on PPE, which uses a partnership process to reinforce the use of research/evaluation findings.

We conceptualize PPE as: “Generally used to describe situations where stakeholders are involved in evaluation decision-making as well as share joint responsibility for the research/evaluation report with an external evaluator.”

The partnership process has been characterized as comprising five interactive processes: the center or source of control for technical decision-making, the diversity of stakeholders selected for participation, the power relations among participating stakeholders, the manageability of the evaluation process with regards to time, resources, and the depth of participation of practitioners in the process.

Finally, processes generate a range of consequences, including the production of evaluation knowledge, the use of processes, the use of findings, and the use of knowledge. As the evaluation is carried out, the process of the partnership unfolds at three levels: individual, group, and organizational level. Further, this generates three types of findings use: conceptual, instrumental, and symbolic.