Participatory Methods

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The Participation, Power and Social Change Team at the Institute of Development Studies has launched a new website on participatory methods. It is hoped that the site will provide much needed support to practitioners, development workers, activists and concerned individuals using participatory approaches to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change.

Drawing on nearly twenty years of experience using participatory methods for development, the site, managed by the Participation, Power and Social Change Team (PPSC) at IDS, provides easy access to information about participatory methods along with activities, resources, events, stories and reflections.

The site provides resources on a range of methods for inclusive social development. It explains what participatory methods are, where and how they have been used, their problems and potentials and the debates about them. The focus is on participatory approaches to strategic analysis and programme design, monitoring and evaluation. It also includes resources on participatory learning, research and communication in organisations, networks and communities. The approaches found here are rooted in the perspectives, wisdom and efforts of the citizens of this planet. Whether your concern is social change or small group action, and whether you are a development worker, activist, researcher or interested individual, we offer you resources that we trust will be useful and thought-provoking.


Date: 17 June 2013