Upcoming Event

Theorising the pathways of participatory interventions

30 March 2023 12:00–13:00

Room 221 and online

In this Participation, Inclusion and Social Change cluster Seminar we are celebrating our new partnership with Fundacion Paraguaya (the developers of the Poverty Stoplight) and will discuss and share how we develop understandings of participatory processes to work to generate change through evaluation research.

Understanding if and how participatory processes open up emancipatory pathways for change is not a new endeavour. Indeed, there is a long and rich history of theorising participatory development and critically engaging with how change unfolds, or how it is resisted or subverted for whom and by whom in different contexts. This is a shared interest of researchers in the PISC at IDS and our many partners across the world who are at the front lines of evolving the praxis of participatory interventions in particular ways in response to real-life constraints. But, do we ask the same questions in the same ways? And do we approach ‘theory building’ from the same vantage points?

How do our positionalities and incentives influence how what we consider to be robust and plausible evidence? In this cluster seminar, we aim to create a space to engage in dialogue with our partners Fundacion Paraguaya to explore each other’s practices of inquiring into and build theory about whether, how, for whom and in what circumstances participatory interventions enable progressive change.

To bring our partnership to life and as part of ongoing collaboration on the Poverty Stoplight, we will share experiences with developing and using theories of change looking forward and looking backwards as part of evaluation research on participatory methodologies as development interventions.


  • Katharine Hammler, Fundacion Paraguaya
  • Nancy Ramos, Fundacion Paraguaya
  • Mieke Snijder, IDS Research Fellow
  • Marina Apgar, IDS Research Fellow


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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow and Cluster Leader



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