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Using Participatory Methods for More Inclusive Project Design and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Participatory methods expand the role and voice of clients in program design, implementation, and evaluation. When well-managed and resourced, they can help empower refugee clients and improve refugee serves. Participation is a continuum: it can range from informing to consulting to full ownership. Approaches along the continuum vary by time and resource commitment as well as skill needed for both staff and clients. This guide discusses the participation continuum; how to support successful participatory engagement; specific methods and when to use them; and resources for learning more about the power, potential, and practical side of participatory methods.