Evaluating Sustainable Development
Giving People a Voice in Their Destiny

Paper: 978 1 57922 083 9 / $36.99
Published: December 2003  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 028 6 / $95.00  
About Library E-Book

Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
216 pp., 6" x 9"
This book presents the principles and the tools for participatory evaluation of sustainable development--growth that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is intended for any citizen or group that may be concerned with protecting or recovering a cultural heritage, assessing the impact of a project or of plans that impact an environment or ecosystem.

The authors describe participatory evaluation processes that will empower all interested "stakeholders"--anyone impacted by a proposed venture--to determine and control what is to be evaluated and how it is evaluated, to articulate and define their community’s vision, and to ensure that development plans meet their community’s needs sustainably.

Acknowledging that the specific concepts, challenges, opportunities, and circumstances surrounding sustainable development differ significantly from one place or group to another, the authors provide an adaptable framework for developing an evaluation plan, as well as the tools for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. They explain how to use and communicate findings to ensure a full and appropriate debate about the issues, and finally how to implement the evaluation plan.

An important and practical book for anyone concerned with the impact of planning and development issues and who wants to ensure that all sectors of their community are given a voice in decisions that affect them.

Table of Contents:
Preface; Sustainable Development and Evaluation; Developing a Plan for the Evaluation; Data Collection; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Communicating and Using Evaluation Findings; Designing and Implementing an Evaluation Plan.

Reviews & Endorsements:
"For agriculture to succeed, not only must the agricultural enterprise succeed, but the community that the farmer lives in must also succeed. In other words, not only must the farm be sustainalble, but the community and its infrastructure, too. This book helps you determine community values and the legacy you want to leave your children. This is a step-by-step way of evaluating sustainable development for your community and how to make it happen."
- Small Farm Today
"Engaging and laced with examples of how and why participation around sustainable development works. Excellent for community groups to read and implement together to build a sustainable future and a handy tool for students. Ukaga and Maser show how evaluation is a tool for action."

- Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, , Iowa State University