Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
Development programs aim to produce change in communities concerned by complex socio-cultural issues e.g., women’s inequality, that evoke a plurality of meanings. Evaluation of these programs requires a systematic approach that promotes collaboration among stakeholders from different organizations. The three components of the EQUIPO method were devised to address these complex realities. The qualitative component aims to understand the processes of change from the points of view of those who experience complex situations. The participatory component, promoting the democratic participation of stakeholders, emphasizes that program evaluation is not an end in itself, but a means of improving social and collective conditions. The inter-organizational component stimulates exchanges between NGOs sharing similar missions. This method of learning in action was developed in 2012, during a pilot project designed to evaluate programs of Bolivian NGOs promoting equality between women and men. The objective of this chapter is not to present the results of the specific evaluation of these programs, but rather to describe the EQUIPO method, the context in which it emerged, and to discuss the repercussions and the challenges of its application from the perspectives of the co-evaluators who participated in this pilot project.
Keywords: qualitative methods, participatory approaches, computer-assisted qualitative analysis, inter-organizational collaboration, program evaluation, international development.