• Michelle Molina

Participatory Approaches For Nonprofits


Participatory approaches are a great way to engage the community while planning or evaluating an initiative or project.


Incorporating a participatory approach in your community development can be an important strategy for your nonprofit or coalition. Participatory approaches help ensure that your evaluations / data are equitable, credible, and have more buy-in. Plus, it’s not just beneficial for evaluation but also in a number of situations.


Participatory approach development can be complicated, so in this video, we will focus on the following questions:

  1. What is a participatory approach? (i.e., participatory approach definition)

  2. What are some options to start incorporating a participatory approach to your evaluations?


You’ll get a few ideas on how to grow your participatory approach in your evaluations.

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Background: Michelle Molina is the principal and founder of Connecting Evidence. She is an evaluator who loves helping organizations working on complex problems. The purpose of this channel is to support evaluation capacity building.

Prior Videos:

  1. Evaluation Process: https://bit.ly/3cOYxXw

  2. Stakeholder Analysis: https://bit.ly/36no2Nq

  3. Theory of Change: https://bit.ly/2zVBZWy

  4. Logic Model: https://bit.ly/3e9oS2N

  5. Kellogg Logic Model: https://bit.ly/2LR6vU5

  6. Simple Logic Model: https://www.connectingevidence.com/post/simple-logic-model-for-nonprofits-quick-guide


Other Resources:

  1. KP HEAL Initiative: http://healzones.org/communities

  2. Ontario TCC Article: https://www.ontarioca.gov/press-releases/ontario-celebrates-awarding-35-million-transformative-communities-grant-downtown

  3. Guijt, I. (2014). Participatory Approaches, Methodological Briefs: Impact Evaluation 5, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence. Retrieved from: https://www.unicef- irc.org/publications/pdf/brief_5_participatoryapproaches_eng.pdf

  4. James Charlton’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/-/es/James-I-Charlton-ebook/dp/B007FRK6Y6

  5. Macbeth, S. (2019). About Participatory Methods | People working together around the world to generate ideas and action for social change. Participatorymethods.org. Retrieved from https://www.participatorymethods.org/

  6. Community Centric Fundraising Principles: https://communitycentricfundraising.org/ccf-principles/

  7. Race Forward Principles: https://www.raceforward.org/practice/tools/principles-racially-equitable-policy-platforms

  8. Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5xwx09fz935pexi/Grantmaking%20with%20a%20Racial%20Justice%20Lens.pdf?dl=0

  9. The Equitable Evaluation Framework: https://www.equitableeval.org/ee-framework

  10. Dale Carnegie Picture: https://images.app.goo.gl/xxsbRhCcZ64i2QSR7


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