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Who Counts? eBook

Edited By Jeremy Holland
ISBN: 9781780447728
This book seeks to provide impetus for a step change in the adoption and mainstreaming of participatory statistics within international development practice. The time has come for participatory statistics to be recognised as the first and best option for a “win win” approach to data generation and analysis.

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  • Synopsis
    Local people can generate their own numbers and the statistics that result are powerful for themselves and can influence policy. Development practitioners are supporting and facilitating participatory statistics from community-level planning right up to sector and national-level policy processes. Statistics are being generated in the design, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessment of development interventions.Through describing policy, programme and project research, Who Counts? provides impetus for a step change in the adoption and mainstreaming of participatory statistics within international development practice. The challenge laid down is to foster institutional change on the back of the methodological breakthroughs and philosophical commitment described in this book. The prize is a win–win outcome in which statistics are a part of an empowering process for local people and part of a real-time information flow for those aid agencies and government departments willing to generate statistics in new ways.
  • Table of Contents
    1 Introduction Participatory statistics: a ‘win–win’ for international development Jeremy Holland
    PART I Participatory statistics and policy change
    2 Participatory 3-dimensional modelling for policy and planning: the practice and the potential
    Giacomo Rambaldi
    3 Measuring urban adaptation to climate change: experiences in Kenya and Nicaragua Caroline Moser and Alfredo Stein
    4 Participatory statistics, local decision-making, and national policy design: Ubudehe community planning in Rwanda
    Ashish Shah
    5 Generating numbers with local governments for decentralized health sector policy and planning in the Philippines
    Rose Marie R. Nierras
    6 From fragility to resilience: the role of participatory community mapping, knowledge management, and strategic planning in Sudan
    Margunn Indreboe Alshaikh
    Part II Who counts reality? Participatory statistics in monitoring and evaluation
    7 Accountability downwards, count-ability upwards: quantifying empowerment outcomes from people’s own analysis in Bangladesh
    Dee Jupp with Sohel Ibn Ali
    8 Community groups monitoring their impact with participatory statistics in India: reflections from an international NGO Collective
    Bernward Causemann, Eberhard Gohl, C. Rajathi, A. Susairaj, Ganesh Tantry and Srividhya Tantry
    9 Scoring perceptions of services in the Maldives: instant feedback and the power of increased local engagement
    Nils Riemenschneider, Valentina Barca, and Jeremy Holland
    10 Are we targeting the poor? Lessons with participatory statistics in Malawi
    Carlos Barahona
    PART III Statistics for participatory impact assessment
    11 Participatory impact assessment in drought policy contexts: lessons from southern Ethiopia
    Dawit Abebe and Andy Catley
    12 Participatory impact assessment: the ‘Starter Pack Scheme’ and sustainable agriculture in Malawi
    Elizabeth Cromwell, Patrick Kambewa, Richard Mwanza, and Rowland Chirwa with KWERA Development Centre
    13 Participatory impact assessments of farmer productivity programmes in Africa Susanne Neubert
    Afterword
    Robert Chambers
    Practical and accessible resources
    Index
  • Endorsements
    ‘This is a timely compilation of ground-breaking work which adds up to a powerful agenda for transformation. This book shows how we can quantify the qualitative, build the active agency of excluded groups and generate participatory statistics that have greater rigour and legitimacy than most conventional statistics.’ David Archer, Head of Programmes, ActionAid

    ‘This important collection shows how the process of organising to “count” can help people mobilise for action, as well as producing reliable information at scale. Holland’s introduction is a great summary of the range of practice – taking on new development such as ICTs and approaches to standardisation of data from participatory exercises at scale, as well as showing the depth of experience that now exists in participatory statistics.’ Andrew Norton, Director of Research, Overseas Development Institute
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    Number of Pages 224
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