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

dc.contributor.authorBrown, Julia
dc.coverage.countrySouth Africaen_US
dc.coverage.regionAfricaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-22T20:12:05Z
dc.date.available2014-05-22T20:12:05Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
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.identifier.citationjournalSAGE Openen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthApril-Juneen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages1-16en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume4en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/9371
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectparticipationen_US
dc.subjectevaluationen_US
dc.subjectoutcomesen_US
dc.subject.sectorTheoryen_US
dc.titleEvaluating Participatory Initiatives in South Africa: Not Just Processes But Outcomes Tooen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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