|Community Monitoring in Health Resources for the Practitioner|
C. Gathering Data: Do the methods of enquiry allow members of the community to participate in gathering and analyzing the data?
Community participating in data gathering and analysis can be encouraged through including some members of the community, particularly members of any community groups that have been energized during the mobilization process to be part of the enquiry team. A second way to involve communities in the enquiry process is to use methods which allow greater community participation like exercise based group discussions. These exercises can be drawn from PRA/PLA methods like social mapping, ranking, pile sorting, Venn diagrams etc.
These methods usually allow even low and non-literate community members to actively engage in the analytic process. In order to involve the community in the quantitative collation processes the responses from interviews and group discussions can be summarised in simple collation sheets which can then be added, multiplied or divided to arrive at scores and traffic lights. The process is explained in greater detail later on.
Methods used in Participatory Appraisals