Program Evaluation in an Aquatic Agricultural System

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Many rural poor and marginalized people strive to make a living in social-ecological systems that are characterized by multiple and often inequitable interactions. Uncertainty and inequality in such systems require research and development interventions to be adaptive.

Complexity-aware approaches to planning, monitoring and evaluating development interventions are gaining strength, yet, there is still little empirical evidence of what it takes to implement them. We share learning from an agricultural research program that used participatory action research and theory of change to foster learning and support transformative change in aquatic agricultural systems.

We share learning on the importance of bringing a strengths-based engagement of stakeholders, building a common goal as a starting point, to allow for a  more critical practice. Opportunities for digging deeper emerge.

Abstract on behalf of the authors: J Marina Apgar, Will Allen, Joelle Albert, Boru Douthwaite, Rodrigo Paz Ybarnegaray, and Jeston Lunda


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