PAN’s Research and Evaluation Treehouse

While research and evaluation are different, they share many similarities, especially when thinking about participatory methods. We think of research and evaluation like two different trees with different origins, intertwined in methods and analysis, that separate again in what they can tell you and how their information is shared.

PAN’s Research and Evaluation department has put together a Treehouse to share resources that can be helpful for both evaluation and research. Building on the tree metaphor – the Treehouse sits on the limbs between both the Research and the Evaluation Tree and provides a space for us to come together to learn and build our capacity in both of these areas. We will highlight new research and evaluation resources every six months that cover five important phases of work:

  • Fertile Ground: Supporting teams and processes
  • Seeds: Ideas and approaches
  • Sprouts: Planning
  • Sapling: Methods
  • Mature Tree: Analysis and knowledge sharing

Read more about how PAN’s Treehouse came to be!

Check out these new links, videos, tools and other resources!

Peer leadership in research and evaluation

A collection of videos and tools highlighting how important the meaningful engagement of, and leadership by, people with lived experience is in research and evaluation.

Negotiating information sharing in community based research

Read a blog post highlighting how the Making it Work Research team navigates different priorities like academic publications, ownership of data and transparency.

Participatory Evaluation Whiteboard Video

In this short video, we will provide you with an overview of participatory evaluation (PE), describing briefly what it is and offering a few useful tips and tools for conducting PE projects. In addition to discussing the principles of PE, we will also provide an example of the PE project and discuss our learnings from it.

Strong Connections: Community and Researchers Working Together 

Strong, respectful and reciprocal relationships are crucial in doing research that benefits community. How do we create these relationships when researchers approach community-based organizations to work together? Here we highlight a series of resources that can help both organizations and researchers think through what to do and how to work together when working together on research. 

Treehouse Implementation Science Guide

This guide is a primer to implementation science. It will help you understand the basics and get your implementation science research going. In this guide you will find:

  • What implementation science is
  • When to use it
  • How to use it
  • How to apply it to your work
  • Resources
  • Examples

Equitable online access for information sharing

These resources explore a community-centred approach to increasing digital access in your community and can inspire us to ensure our move to digital research and knowledge transfer/translation and exchange is as equitable and inclusive as possible.


Questions? Feedback? Resources to share? Get in touch!
Janice Duddy, Director of Evaluation and Research [email protected]