Dart, J.J. (2008) Report on outcomes and get everyone involved: The Participatory Performance Story Reporting Technique

This paper provides an overview of the emerging technique named Participatory Performance Story Reporting technique. This technique presents a framework for reporting on contribution to long-term outcomes (or targets) using mixed methods and participatory process. The process steps include clarifying the program logic, developing guiding questions for the social inquiry process and data trawl. Final conclusions about the extent to which a program has contributed to outcomes are made at an ‘outcomes panel’ and recommendations are developed at a large group workshop. The intention of this paper is to simply introduce the technique and to discuss bias, limitations and where it might best be applied.