This post provides an introduction to an extended DPSIR (Driving Forces-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses) framework, and looks to show how this can be used to more closely link the social and natural sciences to better help policy makers address complex problem situations. It …

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There are four broad areas in which it is important to support capacity building to enhance the collaboration and collective action that underpin responsible natural resource management. First, people with expertise in social processes are needed at all levels (just …

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This post and inline presentation shine a light on methodologies that help us combine reflective practice and adaptive management. The post and presentation begin with some ideas and concepts that introduce adaptive management and social learning, and then move to …

Using mixed methods to support planning, evaluation and learning Read more »

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The new SAGE Handbook of Participatory Research and Inquiry is now published and available as a two-volume set. My own involvement in this over the past three years has been as a co-editor of the Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning …

Managing participation in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) initiatives Read more »

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Human behaviours, at a range of decision-making levels, play a key role in the many complex sustainability and development problems facing public sector policy staff. Challenges include issues such as climate change, public health, catchment (watershed) management, biodiversity and conservation …

Influencing practice change: An introduction to behaviour change models and strategies Read more »

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Complexity is a core feature of most policy issues today. Climate change, public health, catchment (watershed) management, conservation, income inequality and poverty today are known to be wicked or messy problems. These wicked problems are characterized by complexity, uncertainty, interdependence …

An introduction to systems thinking and systemic design – concepts and tools Read more »

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Virtual teams have become common in recent years. Remote work allows businesses and startups to compete in an increasingly globalized society, and provides new freedoms for employees, freelancers and consultants to work with clients and colleagues – less constrained by …

Managing virtual teams and (increasingly) staff that work from home Read more »

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