ERIC Number: ED330533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-14
Reference Count: 0
Popular Participation and Farming Systems Research and Extension: Examining the Central Visayas Regional Project 1 in Bohol, Philippines.
Hubchen, Jonathan M.
The Central Visayas Regional Project (CVRP) 1 aims to use community based participation to address environmental dilemmas, particularly watershed management, which are exacerbated by harmful local production practices. The CVRP employs many characteristics of Farming Systems Research and Extension (FSR&E) which provides technical training in farming through extension education. This evaluation measured the degree to which popular participation occurs in one of the CVRP's working areas, the Ipil River Watershed of Bohol Province. The objectives of the evaluation were: (1) to measure the CVRP participant's perceived performance and perceived importance for a set of activities relating to the planning, execution, and evaluation of CVRP sponsored projects; (2) to determine which of the participation activities has a higher score for perceived importance than for performance; and (3) to determine the relationship between the CVRP program variables and responses regarding activities. In a spoken interview, participants rated local performance and importance of 23 activities relating to project planning, evaluation and implementation using a 0-4 scale. Findings showed that activities with the highest perceived participation (holding meetings, keeping records, and helping with new technology) also had the highest perceived importance. Activities with a substantive difference in means between perceived importance and perceived performance were: organizing trips, enforcing laws, looking for outside resources, registering associations, and experimentation. Recommendations include increasing local participation in the identified areas and improving methodology in future studies. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Association of Louisiana Evaluators (Baton Rouge, LA, September 14, 1990).