Event Information

Peer Learning Workshop – Participatory Approaches to Working in Partnership with Communities

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

BCCIC is happy to announce the next workshop in our peer learning series ‘Ethical Approaches to International Cooperation’. These workshops are hosted by BCCIC members who want to share and learn from each other in order to improve their practice. The upcoming workshop will be hosted by Laura Lee and Navjot Gill (more information below) and will focus on the topic of:  Participatory approaches and methodologies to program planning, monitoring and evaluation: Working in partnership with communities

The three hour hands-on workshop will explore how organizations can apply participatory approaches and methodologies to their project’s program planning, monitoring and evaluation activities. Participants will use real life experiences, introduce important theories and methods that will allow them to determine which participatory tools can help their organization bring the voices of the community to the project lifecycle. No previous experience with participatory methods is needed. In this workshop you will:

  • Explore the theoretical basis and ethical principles that undergird participatory approaches and methodologies
  • Highlight participatory tools that can be used in program planning, monitoring and evaluation including arts-based, play-based and performative approaches
  • Practice participatory approaches and discuss the strengths and limitations based on your organization’s work in order to harness knowledge about community-based approaches
  • Determine what participatory tools you would like to add to your Toolkit

Workshop details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday April 12, 2017

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Location: Multimedia Room, Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

Cost: Free


Please RSVP using the above link and to get to know your facilitators better by checking out the information below.

Laura Lee is a research consultant with more than 10 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner focused on strengthening community and global health programming and services. Specializing in community-based participatory research methodologies, child protection and participation, and social justice, gender and health equity, she has designed, implemented and analyzed research projects with children, youth and communities in Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia, India, Lebanon, Jordan and Angola. Her approach to program planning and evaluation is grounded in a community-based approach. She has facilitated and instructed in various community and academic settings, including program planning and evaluation at Simon Fraser University and at the University of British Columbia.

Navjot K. Gill is a Master’s of Public Health candidate at Simon Fraser University, concentrating on global health and social justice. Her community-based development work in Nepal, India, and rural British Columbia inspires her to redefine community engagement methods in order to ensure that health programs are grounded in community empowerment. Aside from graduate school, she works as a Research Coordinator at UBC-Okanagan on a project that explores cross-cultural mental health promotion and wellbeing. She is also on the board of directors of World Neighbours Canada, currently serving as a volunteer Gender Equality Coordinator for the Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project funded by Global Affairs Canada. 


Event Location

Multimedia Room, Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3

Event Fees:


Registration is closed for this event.

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