Empowering Communities Through Evaluation: Some Lessons from Rural Spain

Posted: 15 Dec 2008

See all articles by José M. Díaz-Puente

José M. Díaz-Puente

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Adolfo Cazorla Montero

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Ignacio de los Ríos Carmenado

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Date Written: January 2009

Abstract

The practice of evaluation has generated a culture that has become part of the implementation and management of public policies in Europe. Rural areas, with little tradition of evaluation, have been most challenged by its introduction. This paper analyses the influence of evaluation activities in three local programs and partnerships created in the rural areas of Madrid under the European LEADER initiative, whose aim is to encourage rural development at the local level. The results show the capacity of evaluation to foster community empowerment. The expansion of evaluation culture at the local level can translate into one of continuous improvement that supports empowerment and community development.

Suggested Citation

Díaz-Puente, José M. and Montero, Adolfo Cazorla and de los Ríos Carmenado, Ignacio, Empowering Communities Through Evaluation: Some Lessons from Rural Spain (January 2009). Community Development Journal, Vol. 44, Issue 1, pp. 53-67, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1315140 or http://dx.doi.org/bsm008

José M. Díaz-Puente (Contact Author)

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Adolfo Cazorla Montero

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Ignacio De los Ríos Carmenado

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ( email )

Calle de Ramiro de Maeztu, 7
Madrid, MA Madrid 28040
Spain

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