A participatory evaluation of community transformation in rural Cambodia
After the pilot phase in 2007/2008, working in ten villages with one partner, MA together with CRWRC-C entered into a broader program: Community Transformation in Rural Cambodia. Starting in 2009, the program works in four provinces (Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, and Kampot) in partnership with four local NGOs: Khmer Association for Development of Raising Animal (KADRA), Love Cambodia (LC), Community for Transformation (CFT), and Occupation and Rural Economic Development Association (OREDA). The local partners now work in 41 villages. The overarching goal is empowerment, understood as promoting social and attitudial transformation through increased social responsibility, behavioural change and community cohesiveness. And poverty reduction, understood as increased income, and reduced poverty level. The main purpose of the evaluation is to get a solid foundation of whether the organisations are on track to achieve the program plans, and if the objectives are likely to be met. The objectives spelled out in the ToR focuses on the partnership relations and three key aspects of the work: sustainability, effectiveness and ownership.Methodology: Most of the evaluation questions were qualitative in nature, and in line with the idea to carry out a participatory evaluation, mostly qualitative, participatory methods were used in the field. However, also some quantitative methods were used.