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Transforming a lizard into a cow Child-Led Evaluation of the PPA Programme in Zimbabwe.

Laura Hughston

Children beneficiaries of the program selected evaluation questions, collected and analyzed data in order to deliver an assessment of the program's results, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, relevance and equity. This second experience took place in Zimbabwe with a slightly modified methodology to incorporate learning from the previous study and differences in the program. These changes include the assessment of the depth of transformation and coverage attained by the program and demonstrated children’s capacity to handle an additional level of complexity. The experience confirmed children’s ability to deliver nuanced assessments that are not simply positive or negative, and therefore capable of enhancing our understanding of the program and contribute to program quality. The experience also established that involving children in monitoring and evaluation activities is not only possible and desirable, but also does not require a major investment in resources.

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