From: Will Allen [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: Site update: Tools for Improving stakeholder participation and
"Collaborative learning for environmental management"
Website update: 7 November, 2002
A number of new resources have been posted on the Landcare Research
"Collaborative learning for environmental management" website (
http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/social/ ) over the past two
months. Many of these resources relate to themes of
stakeholder participation and partnerships. The website provides
information, frameworks and processes which can be used by those wishing
to more effectively engage different groups of stakeholders in research
and development initiatives.
A number of on-line papers and reports are available. Topics covered
include participation, organisational learning, group processes, and
the inclusion of local and indigenous knowledge and values.
New postings under the Tools/Concepts section provide free access to
some of the models and tools that have been developed through Landcare
Research work in this area. These can be accessed directly from the main
entry page at http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/social/ and
include the following:
* A checklist for evaluating team performance:
This checklist highlights the major characteristics of successful
groups, and provides a pathway through which a team can evaluate and
improve its performance.
* ISKM (Integrated Systems for Knowledge Management):
This framework outlines the key steps needed for a participatory
approach to environmental research and development initiatives. The
approach builds on principles of community participation, constructivism
and experiential learning, organisational learning, adaptive management,
and systems thinking.
* A collaborative research model for working with iwi:
This report uses a New Zealand case study to outline some of the key
ingredients of successful collaborative research with indigenous people.
It also describes some of the barriers to, and difficulties in, setting
up collaborative research projects in this way.
* The role of action research in environmental management:
This paper outlines the underlying concepts of action research. It
explains differences between action research and mainstream science, and
then discusses the more practical details of practising action research.
* Stakeholder analysis:
This document sets out the need for such analyses, and then outlines the
main steps that are involved in carrying out a stakeholder analysis.
Feedback and comments on any of this material provided through this site
is welcome, and can be made directly to the researchers involved, who
are listed throughout the site. Please feel free to pass this posting on
to any colleagues that may be interested in the website content. If
others wish to join this update list, they can do so by sending a blank
e-mail to [log in to unmask]
Will Allen (PhD)
Collaborative learning for environmental management
Manaaki Whenua -Landcare Research NZ Ltd.
PO Box 69, Lincoln New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 3256701 ext 3762
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