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Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation in Romania & Moldova

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Village Earth has just recently completed a successful Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation two-day training event in Bucharest, Romania with IREX-Washington DC, IREX-Moldova, and Romani CRISS, a Romanian human rights NGO.  During the training, participants learned the theory and methods of participatory monitoring & evaluation with a specific focus on the Most Significant Change technique.  Together with these local NGOs, Village Earth traveled to communities in the Romanian countryside to do a mid-term evaluation of the Youth Civic Engagement and Dialogue program on which the local NGOs have been working the past year.  The project has brought to together Roma and non-Roma youth to work on school and community service projects in an effort to reduce tension between ethnic groups within these two countries.  The Most Significant Change technique was used along with participatory video where students in the youth groups filmed each others’ significant change stories.  We were able to elicit very rich data using these methods and analysis was done in the field with local staff.  Village Earth has now traveled onto Moldova to continue the technique with rural Moldovan schools that are engaged in the same project as well.  It has been a great combination to do a training followed by directly using what was learned in the field.  A great learning experience has been had by all. If you are interested in a similar training / consultation for your organization, please contact Training Director Kristina Pearson [email protected] for more information on Village Earth’s training and consultation services.  https://sandbox.villageearth.org/wordpress/training-and-consulting

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