Journal Article

Active learning for active citizenship: participatory approaches to evaluating a programme to promote citizen participation in England

Marjorie Mayo and Alison Rooke

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 43, issue 3, pages 371-381
Published in print July 2008 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online May 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsn013
Active learning for active citizenship: participatory approaches to evaluating a programme to promote citizen participation in England

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This article begins by exploring the contested notions of participatory approaches to monitoring and evaluation, identifying some of the possible pitfalls, including the dangers of tokenism, if participatory evaluation means little more than the occasional use of particular techniques. The potential scope as well as the potential limitations of participative approaches are then explored through a case study of the UK programme to promote ‘Active Learning for Active Citizenship’. Valuing the potential benefits of participative approaches as well as the inherent limitations, the article concludes by identifying some of the parallels with experiences of participative evaluation in the global South.

Journal Article.  3568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Development Studies ; Public Policy ; Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Planning and Policy

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