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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Less is More: Video on the 5Q approach

5Q is about asking stakeholders much more frequently about what their needs are and how a specific project can serve them: it’s about reducing the costs and increasing the benefits, you are responsive to emerging opportunities and responsive to the needs of the final beneficiary (5Q project leader Andy Jarvis).

Photocredit: Manon Koningstein (CIAT)

Photocredit: Manon Koningstein (CIAT)

Building on baseline information, asking sets of just five questions that change throughout the project cycle (project design, implementation, and evaluation phases) can generate a much faster cost-effective feedback loop for delivering the information needed to adjust priorities and adapt project implementation. Using a variety of technologies, capitalizing on the expansion of phone news by farmers in developing countries, and digital information platforms provides opportunities to connect stakeholders across levels and enhance participation of beneficiaries in program evaluation).

 It is a perfect tool towards bridging gaps between researchers and stakeholders at all levels proving feedback to improve project implementer strategies and methodologies (5Q project coordinator Tenesia Benjamin).

Using the tablet during the interviews is very good, because I spend very few minuted to finish, as compared to the traditional way (female farmer from Mbuzi village, Lushoto, Tanzania).

For pictures from the field, please click here

The 5Q project is funded by the Grand Challenges Grant on Closing the Feedback Loops, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and takes place in Lushoto, Tanzania.

Manon Koningstein is a Research Associate & Communications Specialist for the Gender & Climate Change team. She is based in Cali, Colombia.

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