Participatory evaluation and learning: A case example involving ripple effects mapping of a tourism assessment program

Rani Bhattacharyya, Elizabeth Templin, Cynthia Messer, Scott Chazdon

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Abstract

Engaging communities through research-based participatory evaluation and learning methods can be rewarding for both a community and Extension. A case study of a community tourism development program evaluation shows how participatory evaluation and learning can be mutually reinforcing activities. Many communities value the opportunity to reflect on progress made toward development goals and efforts that help accomplish these goals. Application of select evaluation and teaching tools helps stakeholders in a community refine definitions of success. By adopting the methods outlined in this article, Extension educators and program evaluators can deepen their engagement with partner communities in a variety of realms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2FEA3
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume55
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • participatory evaluation
  • adult learning methods
  • Community engagementt
  • Higher education
  • community tourism

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