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Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?

Jennie Fleming and Thilo Boeck

in The politics of evaluation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346063
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0015
Can social capital be a framework for participative evaluation of community health work?

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This chapter explores how the concept of social capital can be adapted and employed as a tool for participative evaluation of community-based work. It considers social capital as an excellent framework for evaluation and one which allows people to demonstrate the impact of their work with communities and inform their own practice and project development. It notes that the key feature of the framework is that learning must be shared. It highlights the need to offer training to local participants about social capital, employ local people or community members as workers, adopt a flexible and responsive management style, support the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data, and provide long-term funding for initiatives.

Keywords: social capital; community-based work; project development; learning; training; management style; funding

Chapter.  5688 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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