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Beneficiary Assessment

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 .

The Approach

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).


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Tools and Methods for PM&E