Code:    09-089
Date:    10/27/2009 - 10/28/2009

Appreciative evaluation is a relatively new methodology in monitoring and evaluation. It focuses on the positive elements of organizations and projects to foster constructive change.

PCPD used appreciative evaluation to assess eight projects  representative of the grants made between the period 2005-2009.  Results show that  sustainability or reinforcement of changes and partnership building are the key patterns of outcomes and indicative impact of PCPD.  Sustainability was demonstrated in the translation of policy into programs and/or structures, knowledge and capacity building, development of new functioning relationships, and development and testing of intervention models.  Integration of population and development (popdev) concerns in the project design, engaging credible partners with shared popdev goals, and maintaining a collaborative relationship with grantees are some of the success factors of PCPD’s grant giving program.

The results of the appreciative evaluation were presented to 35 participants during the Partners’ Conference on October 27-28 in Taguig City. During this significant event, the board and management emphasized the need to integrate evaluation into its work.  This is one way of exacting accountability for results and outcomes, and ensuring integrity in reporting, according to Mr. Oscar Lopez, chair of PCPD. 

The conference helped clarify the strategic direction of PCPD in the next five years given the challenges of widespread poverty, human and gender development concerns, child and maternal mortality, the global financial crisis, food security, and climate change.  It revealed that PCPD could effect change through inquiry (generation of evidence-based information) and model building and advocacy  (dissemination of research findings and project results and processes). Strategy-wise, the participants suggested strengthening partnership among PCPD grantees.