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Does Community Participation Produce Dividens in Social Investment Fund Projects?

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  • Carolyn J. Heinrich

    (La Follette School of Public Affairs)

  • Yeri Lopez

    (La Follette School of Public Affairs)

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Social investment funds, a widely used tool of development efforts, aim to support and strengthen local capacity for effective implementation of social and economic infrastructure projects through participatory, community-driven approaches. We investigate whether these participatory methods improve the outcomes of education projects and community members' perceptions of their effectiveness using data from an impact evaluation of the third phase of the Fondo Hondureño de Inversión Social (FHIS). We also make an important contribution with more carefully defined and explicit measures of individuals' participation in community projects. We do not find statistically significant effects of the education projects on academic outcomes of school-aged youth, but we do observe positive, statistically significant relationships between the use of participatory methodologies and household opinions of the projects, as well as between households' level of participation and their opinions of the projects.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in its series OVE Working Papers with number 0107.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:idb:ovewps:0107

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