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Audry Ottier, M.A. program, International Development Studies Program, Dalhousie University

Honorable mention, Student Essay Award, 2004

Title: Participatory Evaluation in the Context of Community-Based Participatory Development: Theory and Practice in International Development

Audrey Ottier is an MA student at International Development Studies Program at Dalhousie University.

This essay reviews current trends in community-based participatory evaluation (CBPE) and presents an overview of related evaluation tools. These approaches have been widely implemented in an international arena, including Canada and the United Sates. The theoretical approach guiding this essay stems from current trends international development thinking. This paper argues that participatory evaluation is the most effective means of assessing community-based development initiatives and explores various avenues this genre of evaluation in an international context. This reflects both a growing international interest in CBPE, and Canada's participation in development efforts of this nature both locally and in the global South.