Objectives of the document

This is a learning document rather than an evaluation, although if used well it should also achieve evaluation objectives. It aims to:

  1. Provide a framework for the project participants’ identification of key Tentative Lessons Learned / Observations.
  2. Create a record of the project that will support adapting the approach by others in CARE.

Basis of the document

This document is based upon interviews with CARE participants Colin Beckwith, Rafael Callejas, Rene Celaya and Luis Paiz; and ISC team members Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Scott Spann. It draws from documents from CARE, meeting records, emails and other relevant material.

The document structure

A brief overview of the stages taken in the project Learning History

The Learning History is a two-column record where the left column describes what was done and the right column gives context and quotes. The narrative on the left side draws on interviews and project documents. On the right are observations from project participants.

Of course, this selection of voices is merely a sampling of all who participated. It is meant to be suggestive, not definitive – but it also aims to represent the varying perspectives. It is easiest to read through the left column for a stage, and then go through the right column for more detail if desired.

Following each stage section is a segment of “Questions Arising” and “Tentative Lessons Learned / Observations from the stage for further discussion.

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