Surveys to measure Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (KAP) are a dominant method in the Social and Behaviour Change field. However, KAP surveys are limited in their utility for engaging community stakeholders in developing, implementing and evaluating change processes. This chapter critiques KAP surveys, and makes the case for a more engaged, learning-based participatory alternative in the form of community based action research. The chapter presents a case study of how participatory action research has been used to engage stakeholders in engaging with, and responding to, Violence against Children in Tanzania. This case exemplifies the central importance of engaging community members in dialogue and inquiry to voice the ‘unspoken’ in response to socio-culturally sensitive issues, to develop ownership and solidarity in responding to community problems and as a basis for community relevant actions for social change.
|Title of host publication||Communication for Development|
|Subtitle of host publication||An evaluation framework in action|
|Publisher||Practical Action Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Mar 2020|
- Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences - Professor of Childhood Youth and Participatory Practice
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research - Director
Percy-Smith, B., Bakta, S., Noske-Turner, J., Mtenga, G., & Portela Souza , P. (2020). Using community-based action research as a participatory alternative in responding to violence in Tanzania. In J. Noske-Turner (Ed.), Communication for Development: An evaluation framework in action Practical Action Publishing.