Participation: principles, tools and approaches

Take this course to apply the principles of meaningful participation and be conversant with a range of tools and techniques to guide, assess and support programme-based colleagues in enhancing participation throughout the programme life cycle – including context analysis, project design, implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation.

This course is available in-house only. Contact [email protected] to find out more.

This is an opportunity to learn the theory, implement the practice and engage in peer exchange to reflect on how participation can be improved in your programme and organisation, as well as the challenges, risks and pitfalls it presents.

This course complements existing Bond courses including: Planning and practice in monitoring and evaluation, Project design: the logical framework approach, Theory of change, Impact assessment, and Managing the Project Cycle.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for people who want to strengthen stakeholder participation in community-based initiatives and those supporting partners in strengthening their participatory approaches. It is primarily targeted at individuals from non-governmental, voluntary, private and government sectors.

What you will learn

  • The key principles of participation.
  • How to use a range of tools and approaches to ensure meaningful participation through theory and practice including Focus Groups, Appreciative Inquiry, Key Informant Interviews, Stories, Videos, Problem and Objective Tree Analysis and many more
  • How to assess who is participating – stakeholder analysis, power analysis, vulnerability assessment and elite capture.
  • How to introduce beneficiary feedback loops – closing the loop and adaptive programming
  • How to assess and strengthen participation within programme evidence including participatory monitoring and evaluation.


  • Key principles and levels of participation
  • Who is Participating? – Power analysis, Vulnerability Assessment & sample size 
  • Participatory Learning & Action – Theory, Tools & Methods
  • Participatory Learning & Action – practical application
  • Participatory methods
  • Participatory Approaches – REFLECT methodology, Community Scorecard and Reality Check Approach
  • Selecting participatory tools and methods for design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Real time feedback – beneficiary feedback loops

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*


Angela Kellett

Angela is an independent consultant specialising in all aspects of monitoring and evaluation including assessing impact and theory of change.