Piloting Methods for the Evaluation of Psychosocial Programme: Impact in Eastern Sri Lanka

This document is based upon a study conducted in eastern Sri Lanka by a small team of researchers over the nine month period between April 2003 and January 2004. The project was intended to pilot a range of participatory tools and methods with children in Batticaloa, a
part of the island that has experienced years of conflict and displacement, with the aim of establishing their utility and appropriateness for monitoring and evaluating psychosocial programmes. Although the research took place in a particular locality, the findings are intended to address a general need for the enhancement of monitoring and evaluation of psychosocial interventions with children. The specific objectives and aims of the project were as follows:
Objectives
• Increase accountability and effectiveness in psychosocial interventions with children.
• Enable agencies to demonstrate the impact and outcome of interventions and empower them in their relationship with donors.
• Enhance the profile of psychosocial programming through the introduction of effective Monitoring & Evaluation and reporting mechanisms.
• Feed findings into an international network of academics & practitioners involved in development of Monitoring and Evaluation practice for psychosocial interventions with children.
Aims
• Develop tools, methods and principles for evaluation of psychosocial interventions with war-affected and displaced children. These tools, methods and principles should be:
– Child participatory.
– Usable by local practitioners
– Valid across cultures and contexts
• Pilot tools and methods, and clarify principles through working within a psychosocial project in a conflict-affected area of eastern Sri Lanka.

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