Schischka, John (2009). "Challenges and Achievements in Capability Approach based Participatory Monitoring of Community Development Programmes in Christchurch, New Zealand." Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

This paper summarises the results of a participatory appraisal methodology study carried out with groups of participants in two urban based community development programmes operating in low socio-economic areas of Christchurch. Based on the capability approach the methodology extends strategies used in previous studies of participant perspectives in development initiatives in Vanuatu and Samoa. Analysis of the transcripts of the focus groups conducted in these studies reveals significant outcomes from both programmes. Discussion is provided of the limitations and difficulties encountered during the course of the study as well as significant outcomes. Particularly important was the ability of the participatory methodology used to gain the perspectives of a wide range of participants, a number of whom are marginalised from mainstream society. The predominant views among participants in all groups are reported. A major theme in all of the discussions was that participants had experienced a significant increase in their confidence.