Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide
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Participatory Impact Assessment (PIA) became an essential part of the Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development in Ethiopia from 2005 to 2013, with over 20 PIAs or related studies undertaken on specific activities in the program. The results helped to formulate best practices which eliminated wasteful or inappropriate activities, such as emergency livestock vaccinations, while promoting effective interventions such as early commercial de-stocking for pastoralists during droughts. With the facilitation of Tufts, these good practices were adopted as policy by the Ethiopian Government through its national guidelines on livelihoods-based drought response, published in 2009. The PIA results were also critical further afield and contributed to the international Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards. In Ethiopia, PIA was similarly effective in other sectors, such as water use – both for human needs and agriculture purposes – as well as health and education. I recommend this guide highly for real-time assessments of what works and what doesn’t, and for ensuring the wide use of evidence for developing good practice and, ultimately, policy.
Subjectdocumentation, project assessment, M&E
Country/RegionEthiopia, East Africa
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