[possibly belongs under the evaluation thread but I've left it as a 'tool' for now]
Possibly one for those who have led evaluations of ABCD programs in the past - I'm interested in frameworks you may have used to capture changes from ABCD programs.
I have been working on an ABCD project in rural Malawi, they did an amazing job of citizen-led M&E throughout the project, and the mid-term and final review took a deeply participatory approach too. However, the findings in written reports tended to focus mainly on tangible outcomes (things easier to touch, feel, measure). Other aspects like changes in attitudes (psychological assets as described by some) were included in reporting, but less so.
Hence, I'm keen to know of any well-being or similar frameworks you have found useful to assess or reflect on change?
There are TONNNES of well-being frameworks out there, we used a slightly modified version of the "Well-being in development" framework from Well-being in Developing Countries Research. Their framework classifies well-being as deeply rooted in relationships, with relational, material and subjective perceptions of well-being co-existing and linking with each other. A summary of the dimensions of well-being they use are outlined below
a) social ie. social relations, collective action and access to public goods (relationship to the state)
b) human ie. capabilities, attitudes, personal relationships
2. Material. ie. $ earned, employment, livelihood activities etc
ie. mediated by:
a) values, ideologies and beliefs
b) perceptions of material and relational well-being
We tweeked this to make it more aligned with the ABCD approach and reflective of change - we asked questions of citizens of their experience of attitudinal, relational and tangible changes. Using this as a framework helped illicit a different (complementary) story than previous evaluations. I'd be happy to share findings once it's finalised/published.
Meanwhile, I'm interested in your experience in using anything similar (or different) either as a reflective tool for participants during the process of ABCD or in evaluations. I note Coady have a useful paper on this topic you can access via here.
updated by @ian-cunningham: 11/05/17 05:17:11PM