No Ano Internacional da Avaliação, o Barefoot Guide Connection elaborará Guia sobre o tema

O Barefoot Guide Connection é uma comunidade global e local de lideranças sociais e practitioners (praticantes) de muitos países que compartilham suas diferentes práticas para aprofundar e desenvolver abordagens e iniciativas que contribuam para a transformação.

Eles elaboram os chamados Barefoot Guides (Guias "pés descalços") para apoiar organizações de base, grupos e etc a realizarem seu trabalho de forma significativa. O Instituto Fonte já traduziu e disponibiliza gratuitamente o primeiro deles (

Este ano estão organizando um Guia pés descalços sobre avaliação, a partir de um processo de construção baseado em "Writeshops" (oficinas de escrita) regionais. 

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What are we aiming to achieve with the Barefoot Guide 5 ?

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What are we aiming to achieve with the Barefoot Guide 5 ?

We want to develop and promote evaluation as a holistic learning practice that can be used creatively to advance a developmental approach and transform the development paradigm. If well designed and used, evaluation can be a most powerful tool for enabling stakeholders of comprehensive social change programmes to collectively navigate their way into a complex future.

The Barefoot Guide 5 seeks to provide a fresh, accessible and practical guide that can be easily used by practitioners, civil society and community leaders, donors, government agencies and professional evaluators.

Within the Barefoot Guide 5 we will explore several questions and issues, amongst which are:
* What have we already learnt about how evaluation can help or hinder social change practices?
* How can evaluation become a welcome contribution to social change practice, enhancing our ability to navigate complex change processes?
* How can we reconcile the seemingly competing needs for learning and accountability or use one for the other? How can evaluation contribute the kind of honesty that enables deep learning and accountability?
* How can we better link evaluation and research? The advocacy component in evaluation is often underestimated. We might look at how evaluation could be fully utilised to promote social change?
* How can we support evaluation that can sustain the process of change and our vision of the world. Evaluation is a political tool that can speak to power. How can we help people to recognise that philosophies/technologies of evaluation are not neutral but value-driven?

What kind of evaluation supports and sustains social change? How can evaluation support & sustain social transformation? How could we define and shape the role of evaluation in systemic transformation - ie. how it contributes - or could contribute to finding new social and organisational forms that are shaped and driven by the most urgent societal challenges of our time?


As with all the Barefoot Guides, this would also be inclusive. Several organisations and practitioners from Asia, Europe, Latin America, US and Africa have expressed interest (see below).

If you represent or are part of an organisation or an evaluation society, a researcher, a consultant, an activist, or a financial and technical partner, if you are interested in this topic, if you can bring innovative ideas or a deep experience, you are welcome to join us too. You can choose to participate more or less actively and to play different roles in this process.


To ensure inclusiveness and diversity, we thought of facilitating processes at different levels, which go into each other, like Russian dolls. At the centre of gravity a common question: how can we transform evaluation so that it leads to social transformation?

This Barefoot Guide will accept speakers of different languages, which will be translated into contextual (cultural) local writeshops. 6 regions are identified :
* Europe, Latin America: Spanish, Portuguese;
* Europe, Africa: French;
* Europe, Africa: English;
* Asia: English;
* Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Russian
* Asia: Chinese

The process is designed in a phased way where the early phases can be used to build the momentum and support for subsequent phases:

• Phase 1: Project development and preliminary research: Evaluate Evaluation - Global Seminar building capacities of regional leaders
Initially a research will be conducted to "evaluate evaluation" conducted for 20 years by F3E, CDRA, and others wanting to take a step back and learn from their evaluations commissioned, conducted or accompanied. This research then guide the questions developed throughout the BG5 process (regional workshops, etc.). This research will seek to distil the lessons we draw from our years of evaluation practices to develop new criteria for a more effective assessment, better calibrated, less standardized, etc. which will significantly contribute to social transformation.
The global regional leaders training seminar (2 leaders by region: one on facilitation, the other one on evaluation) wants to build capacities for the participants to conduct writeshops they will handle at regional scales.

• Phase 2: Regional Writeshops
The second phase is an implementation phase of regional and linguistic / cultural processes. The assumption is made that the cultural component is strong in evaluation and implementation, its precepts and its issues vary according to linguistic contexts.
This second phase will be iterative and provides two writing workshops, individual and collective coaching in the writing process. The result for each region is the publication of a regionalized guide.

• Phase 3: Production, development, training and use of BG5
The third phase is a rise in generality. it plans to return to the overall process from writeshops and regionalized productions. A second global seminar with regional leaders will share regional work and prepare the fifth Barefoot Guide. It will be followed by a process of finalization of writing and publishing.
Finally this phase wants to ensure the valuing of the work. It concerns the launch, promotion, publishing and training for its proper use. This will be done by including a strong component of advocacy to promote the use of a transformed evaluation.


2015 was declared the International Year of Evaluation. This is such a great opportunity to start our process. The time usually taken to produce a BFG is around 18 months.

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About the Barefoot Guide Connection

The Barefoot Guide Connection is a global and local community of social change leaders and practitioners from many countries sharing our diverse practices to deepen and develop approaches and initiatives to contribute to a changing world.

The Barefoot Guide Connection has its foundations in the on-going writing and publication of Barefoot Guides. We exist both online, as a global network, and locally, as face-to-face collectives.

The Barefoot Guides are about making current thinking accessible and creating new thinking through interaction between development practitioners, surfacing and documenting stories. In that sense, Writeshops are a core process – enabling people who may not have written before to write – by practitioners for practitioners.

What Matters to Us?

A human, people-first orientation and impulse to social change that brings justice, freedom and decent lives for all;

A grounded approach that values the real experience of the doer;

Promoting collective, collaborative organising towards a co-creative approach to social change.

What does the Barefoot Guide Connection offer?

A growing collection of freely downloadable Barefoot Guides in a variety of languages;

Growing interactive resource libraries of practical exercises, tools and readings for anyone to both use and contribute to;

Online and face-to-face conversations and workshops to deepen and explore practice;

Blogs which enable people to share their experiences, reflections and ideas;

What is a Barefoot Guide?

The Barefoot Guides, all freely available online, bring stories, analyses, approaches and resources of interesting practice from around the globe, each under a key theme. Each Barefoot Guide is written by a collective of practitioner writers and published in an illustrated format that is simple and lively, breaking away from the dry, alienating and academic style of most social change publications. A typical Barefoot Guide is a practical, do-it yourself book or guide. It has a supporting website, with resources, exercises, readings etc, including tried and tested concepts, approaches and activities.

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Comentário de Marcia Joppert em 28 março 2015 às 21:54

Martina, precisamos discutir isso com a diretoria. Mas, independente da decisão sobre envolvimento deles, eu fico muito interessada nesse tipo de iniciativa. Acho que ela chega num momento certo para nós!

Comentário de Martina Rillo Otero em 27 março 2015 às 21:51

E aí Marcia, que tal a Associação se envolver?

Comentário de Marcia Joppert em 27 março 2015 às 17:36

Martina, muito legal este material!!!!!

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