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Challenge & Innovation by Mary Boulton

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Chapter 11

Theory, Utility and Stakeholders: Methodological Issues in Evaluating a Community Project on HIV/AIDS

Ian S. Peers and Margaret Johnston

It has often been argued that evaluation is useless, and at times worse than useless. Evaluation criteria that seem relevant at the outset may well prove more hindrance than help to a project that is breaking new ground and exploring ways of communicating on sensitive matters. By working closely alongside the various activities of a community youth education project on HIV, we have been able to find ways of tailoring our approach to their circumstance and needs. At the same time, in the course of evaluating an innovative and developing project, we have been obliged to reassess evaluation approaches. ...

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