Social Learning through evaluation of catchment demonstration programs for salinity management

This project shows how a social learning approach can be incorporated into evaluating public environmental programs. A social learning approach is particularly suited to complex environmental challenges which are inherently difficult to understand, predict, and manage, thus complicating the evaluation process. The project focuses on an Australian case study of dryland salinity management where there are major knowledge barriers impeding conventional management techniques. The research presented in this paper focused on evaluating a public demonstration program to
track its impact through its design, implementation, and monitoring phases. The project shows that, by incorporating social learning principles and practices, program evaluation can promote collective action, critical reflection, and increased knowledge to underpin improved environmental management

For more information see: Measham (2009) Social Learning Through Evaluation: A Case Study of Overcoming Constraints for Management of Dryland Salinity, Environmental Management Vol 43(6), pp 1096-1107

| April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Case Study |

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