Reality Check is a qualitative approach to feedback and evaluation, which involves outsiders living with the most disadvantaged groups often ‘unheard’ in conventional evaluations, to understand in-depth their perspectives and experiences. Research was conducted in twenty of the poorest households in six villages in Ghana for a minimum of four nights and engaged directly in household and farming activities.
Reality Check Ghana basic findings include the perception on participation, subsistence living, access to services, family planning and general perception on change within the involved villages. It displayed for example that individuals feel they have no influence at all on local decisions and distrust ‘deals made between our chiefs and outsiders’. The study families also challenged existing rhetoric about the dignity of subsistence farmers and the need to preserve their livelihood. Furthermore the study showed little participant faith in public services, suggesting much more innovative and local efforts are required.