A few guidebooks

It is not difficult to find many different guidebooks on the internet, most of which are available for free. Some of them, for example, are described in a small booklet published a few years ago (Bertie van der meij hampsonMeij et al, 2008. Documentation, capitalisation, sistematizacion. A compilation of methods and approaches). The purpose of this booklet was to provide readers with an overview and taste of the many methods available. Considering the limited space available for each case, the authors showed the most relevant features, encouraging readers to look for the whole version. Having all these resources listed together makes it easier to see the differences and commonalities between them. Their objective was not to show which one is best, nor to qualify them in any way, but rather to present methods and approaches which share a common objective: all of them seek to organise information, analyse it in detail, draw conclusions and share the results.

Several other documents were published before, and have been published and shared since. Among them we have

Burch, S. 2007. Knowledge sharing for rural development: Challenges, experiences and methods. Agencia Latinoamericana de Información (Latin American Information Agency). Quito, Ecuador.

Da Silva Wells, C., E. Le Borgne, N. Dickinson and D. de Jong, 2011. Documenting change: an introduction to process documentation. Occasional Paper 47. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague.

Engel, A., W. Huppert and R. Cleveringa, 2009. Knowledge profiling: Promoting easy access to knowledge and experience generated in projects and programmes. GTZ / IFAD, Rome.

Gupta, P., 2011. The legacy of ENRAP: making knowledge work for development. ENRAP, Knowledge Networking for Rural development in Asia-Pacific region. IDRC / IFAD

Fall, N.C. and A.A. Ndiaye, 2005. Methodology for capitalisation and enhancement of the experiences of IFAD programmes in west and central Africa. FIDAFRIQUE, Information Network for Rural Development in West and Central Africa

Kala, S., 2013. Experience with systematization in the context of CCA-RAI pilot projects on climate change adaptation in rural India. Report.

Katz, E. 2005. Experience capitalisation: Elements for a strategy in development projects. Rural Development News, vol. 2-2005. AGRIDEA International, Lindau.

Matta, N.,  J. L. Ermine, G.  Aubertin and J.Y. Trivin, n/d. How to capitalize knowledge with the MASK method ? Tech-CICO, Université de Technologie de Troyes / INRS, Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité, Vandoeuvre Cedex, France.

Phartiyal, P., 2006. Systematization to capture project experiences: A guide. ENRAP, Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia/Pacific Region.

SDC, n/d. Guide to thematic experience capitalization: Experience capitalization – a pathway to change. SDC, Thematic and Technical Resources Department, Bern.

Tapella, E., 2009. Systematization: Basic concepts and methodological considerations. In Admas, L. et al. (eds.), Advocacy for change: Lessons from Guatemala, Brazil, and USA. ActionAid, Johannesburg.

Tapella, E. and  P. Rodriguez-Bilella, 2014. Shared learning and participatory evaluation: The sistematizacion approach to assess development interventions. Evaluation, vol 20(1), 115-133.

Villeval, P. and P. Lavigne Delville, 2004. Learning and sharing experience. Lessons for learning processes in NGOS. Serie Traverses No. 15, Groupe Initiatives.



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