Beneficiary assessment (BA) involves systematic consultation with project beneficiaries and other stakeholders to help them identify and design development activities, signal any potential constraints to their participation, and obtain feedback on reactions to an intervention during implementation. BA is an investigation of the perceptions of a systematic sample of beneficiaries and other stakeholders to ensure that their concerns are heard and incorporated into project and policy formulation. The general purposes of BA are top 'gives voice' to poor and other hard-to-reach beneficiaries, highlighting constraints to beneficiary participation, and obtain feedback on interventions .
BA is a qualitative method of investigation and evaluation that relies primarily on three data collection techniques:
- In-depth conversational interviewing around key themes or topics
- Focus group discussions
- Direct observation and participant observation (in which the investigatorlives in the community for a short time).
- Beneficiary Assessment - An Approach Described by Lawrence F. Salmen, The World Bank (2002) (71 Kb PDF)
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- Implementing beneficiary assessment in education : a guide for practitioners (with examples from Brazil), Social Development Paper The World Bank (1,142 Kb PDF)
- The Voice of the Farmer in Agricultural Extension - A Review of Beneficiary Assessments of Agricultural Extension and An Inquiry into their Potential as a Management Tool - AKIS Discussion Paper 1999 (69 Kb PDF)
- Toward a Listening Bank: A review of best practices and the efficacy of Beneficiary Assessment - Social Development Paper The World Bank, 1998 (188 Kb PDF)