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Participatory Project Planning (SAVINI): Experiences and Lessons

, Coach International Institute Nova Scotia, Canada., Canada ; , Cernter for Extension Education IGNOU, New Delhi, In~fiu.

Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University


Abstract: This evaluation report examines the pilot phase of the SAVINI Project, an innovative distance education initiative motmted by lndira Gandhi National Open University that targeted at development workers in the NGO sector working for the disadvantaged rural and tribal communities. Through a participatory evaluation process, data was gathered from learners, NGOs and IGNOU staff to assess:the appropriateness of programme content and materials for the specified constituency of learners that IGNOU is trying to reach;the effectiveness of the training in terms of learners skills and capacities; andthe effectiveness, including cost effectiveness, of IGNOU's model for delivering distance education in participatory planning.The report documents and analyses the findings of this evaluation and identifies the critical factors, the effectiveness of the SAVINI programme which includes: the quality of the NGOs selected, the mix and calibre of learners, the qi~ality of the collaborative relationships between IGNOU and the nodal NGOs the level of IGNOU support, and the quality of programme design and delivery, inclr~dingth e quality of print materials. The evaluation of the pilot phase points to which factors need strengthening, and how the questions around cost-effectiveness could be addressed. We have included this report as a sequal to the preceding paper by Shobhita Jain.


Mathie, A. & Dighe, A. (2001). Participatory Project Planning (SAVINI): Experiences and Lessons. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 10(2), 175-192. Indira Gandhi National Open University. Retrieved June 1, 2020 from .