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Evaluating Participatory Initiatives in South Africa: Not Just Processes But Outcomes Too

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Julia
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-22T20:12:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-22T20:12:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9371
dc.description.abstract "The participatory model of management for natural resources, particularly water, rapidly became a global phenomenon in the early part of the 21st century. In many developing and transition countries, such as South Africa, expectations from it were disproportionately ambitious, despite little evidence that better results in the form of sustainable outcomes would follow. There is an urgent need for evaluations that assess what can and cannot be expected from participation. Empirically based processes and outcome-orientated evaluations are likely to prove more balanced, although they are challenging and thus rarely attempted. This article proposes an evaluative framework that allows for comparison, and differentiates between processes and participatory governance and sustainable outcomes. Four South African vignettes of participatory initiatives, operating at different scales with varying degrees of stakeholder heterogeneity, are measured against the framework, and broader lessons learnt about both participation and attempts to evaluate it." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject participation en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.subject outcomes en_US
dc.title Evaluating Participatory Initiatives in South Africa: Not Just Processes But Outcomes Too en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country South Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal SAGE Open en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 1-16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth April-June en_US

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