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How should rural policy be evaluated if it aims to foster community involvement in environmental management?
Prager, Katrin; Nienaber, Birte; Neumann, Barbara et al.
2015In Journal of Rural Studies, 37, p. 120-131
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Keywords :
complexity science; policy evaluation; rural development; social capital; social-ecological systems; community-based environmental management
Abstract :
[en] This paper brings together different theoretical perspectives to propose an evaluation framework for policies which have the explicit aim to foster community involvement in the management of their natural environment in the context of sustainable rural development, such as the EU LEADER programme, Australia's Caring for Our Country, and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Previous policy evaluations have over-simplified the complex social-ecological systems on which these policies are supposed to act, have lacked specification of the policy level they address and were predicated on the assumption that policies can be designed to produce predictable outcomes.Based on a concept of 'complex realities' we developed a framework to guide the evaluation of policy effectiveness in socialecological systems. This comprehensive framework provides the conceptual and theoretical context in which individual evaluation exercises for policy review and future programme design can be embedded. It goes beyond existing frameworks by allowing the identification of factors that explain how and why a policy tool was effective. It provides a structure within which data sets from different sources, relevant stakeholders and relationships can be identified and analysed in a multi-level and multi-scale context. However, we emphasise that policy makers and evaluators' mindsets would have to change to accept uncertainty and the validity of various stakeholders' perceptions and evaluations.
Disciplines :
Earth sciences & physical geography
Human geography & demography
Regional & inter-regional studies
Author, co-author :
Prager, Katrin;  James Hutton Institute
Nienaber, Birte  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)
Neumann, Barbara;  Christian-Albrechts University Kiel
Phillips, Alistair;  New South Wales Natural Resources Commission
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
How should rural policy be evaluated if it aims to foster community involvement in environmental management?
Publication date :
2015
Journal title :
Journal of Rural Studies
ISSN :
0743-0167
Publisher :
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
Volume :
37
Pages :
120-131
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
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