Virtual Forum Tools for Effective Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning


Thomas Decker (EWB-USA)


This presentation will introduce improved methods for two field anthropology tools (focus groups and household surveys) and suggestions on how to integrate them during assessment, implementation, and monitoring trips. The methodology is based off of courses the presenters took during a summer-long field school in Costa Rica in 2013 (through the University of South Florida Anthro Engineering research program). This session will review: how to form effective questions; how to prepare good questions for translation; how to create focus groups that mitigate bias (demographic bias, leading questions etc); how to create & execute focus group activities that reveal the community’s level of knowledge regarding the projects; and how to ask effective follow-up questions on the spot, based on the information/answers communities share.

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