Thursday, May 21, 2009

Community participation, impact assessment & video making

"The video making was very inspiring!", "You have to involve the youth in making the scenario and doing the video making", "I see many situations where I can apply the community development methods", "The idea on how to do impact assessment, is now much clearer now!" These were the comments of Hanneke Velthuijsen at the end of the training "Community participation, impact assessment & video making" which was held on the 19th & 20th May. The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk. The training was hosted by ICCO, who provided the training space and logistics. ICCO is one of the organisations for which Hanneke did research on youth in Guatemala.

At the moment Hanneke Velthuijsen is working as sport development advisor for Safe Passage in Guatemala City. Her role is to develop a sports development programme for the youth. Main focus is to help the youth to develop skills and gain tools which will direct them to positive action in their lives. Many youth in Guatemala City become involved in youth gangs, and this programme is focused to empower them to choose other directions in their lives by empowering them. Hanneke is currently under contract of Change the Game. This organisation is focusing on promoting sports as a tool for development in various countries around the world. Hanneke is sponsored by Vodafone.
On the first day Hanneke got acquainted with the project cycle and community mobilisation methods, that enables citizens to participate into community projects. Social mapping, venn diagram - stakeholder analysis, problem- and objective tree and action planning were some of the methods which were demonstrated and discussed. Some more tools can be found in the sports development toolkit box. On the second day Hanneke got acquainted with the principles of monitoring & evaluation, how to do impact assessment, and how to plan for a impact assessment by using the medium of video making. Ben Haagsma from IC Consult was one of the resource persons who shared his views about monitoring and evaluation. He is one of the authors who contributed to the book 'Planning, monitoring and evaluation in development organisations'. This book is stressing that monitoring & evaluation is process oriented. It should both focus on improving and proving, and the ownership for the evaluation should be with the main stakeholders in the project.
Finally Hanneke made a scenario for the video. This training was the topic and based on the video scenario she made more than 10 video shots. Through the editing program Power Producer Hanneke was trained on how to compose the video according to this programme. "This part is very inspiring to me!", Hanneke commented.

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