Description - Social Impact Analysis of Poverty Alleviation Programmes and Projects by Susanne Neubert
Development organizations are searching for concepts and methods that will enable impacts of development co-operation to be recorded and scientifically tenable, transparent and practicable conclusions to be drawn. They expect the cost of evaluations to be proportional to the project budget. While a standardized set of tools is available for the economic and technical evaluation of projects, methods of covering the social dimension - which are of prime importance for impact analysis - have yet to reach maturity. This study considers the state of research on evaluation that includes the social dimension and the method used; illustrates the evolution of approaches for evaluation in the field of development co-operation; and shows the evaluation practice in Germany and the difficulties organizations face while using inadequate methods to analyze the impact of their work. A new method of impact assessment of poverty alleviation projects (MAPP) is also presented and underpinned empirically.
MAPP is based on a multidimensional conception of poverty and shows how the social dimension can be operationalized with the aid of four key social processes: improvement of livelihoods; access to resources; expansion of knowledge; and participation in rights. MAPP is a participatory and process-oriented tool and makes it possible to determine whether the poverty of the target groups has actually been alleviated and, if so, how the benefits of the project have been distributed among the various socia
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