Participatory Agricultural Research: Approaches, Design and Evaluation

Expert Meeting

Oxford, 9-11 December 2013





Meeting objectives


  1. Take stock of and review tools and approaches used in participatory agricultural research including their strengths and weaknesses, capacity requirements, when to use them, etc. (with particular focus on certain newly emerging tools and approaches).
  2. Discuss the ways in which the tools and their use could be improved, (i.e. potential for using them in combination with quantitative diagnostic and biophysical research approaches, potential methods for documenting and monitoring the use of such tools, the data they produce and their impact).
  3. Identify ‘thorny issues’ hindering the use of participatory research approaches/tools within the CGIAR and suggestions for addressing these issues.
  4. Develop a community of practice to advocate for greater incorporation of participatory and social science approaches in CGIAR research activities.



Monday

0800 - 0900
Breakfast

0930
Arrivals, registration
Euforic and IIED
1000
Opening
Aims, objectives, process
Introductions
Beth Cullen
Katherine Snyder
Peter Ballantyne
1030
Humidtropics and Africa RISING – Why participatory methods?
Alan Duncan - PRESENTATION

Peter Thorne - PRESENTATION
1100
Short Break

1130
Setting the scene 1: Understanding and unpacking Participatory Agricultural Research (PAR): Overview
Paul Sillitoe

- PRESENTATION

- BLOGPOST

- KEYNOTE FULLTEXT:

1215
Setting the scene 2:
PAR within the CGIAR: how these approaches (and challenges) are, or are not, new
Katherine Snyder and Beth Cullen

- PRESENTATION

- BLOGPOST - CULLEN

- BLOGPOST - SNYDER
1300
Lunch

1400
PAR Tools and Approaches ‘Bus stop’ session
Interactive space for participants to discuss and share ‘tools and approaches’

XLS file:
1530
Break

1600
Bus stops (continued)
Interactive space for participants to discuss and share ‘tools and approaches’
1730
Review day 1; preview day 2
Facilitators
1745
Close

1830 - 2100
Reception and Dinner





Tuesday

0800 - 0900
Breakfast

0900


0930
Mapping PAR tools and approaches:
  • Gaps
  • ‘thorny issues’
  • When and where PAR tools work
  • Critical success factors
Facilitators

Reflecting on the marketplace

Drawing on the surveymonkey results

Defining critical/thorny issues to work on
1100
Break

1130
PAR tools and approaches – Deeper dive into opportunities, critical success factors, thorny issues and challenges and how to overcome/resolve them.

Zoom in on wider/bigger issues critical to uptake of PAR approaches
Facilitators
1300
Lunch

1400
Open space on tools and approaches
Space for people do spend time discussing/assessing/comparing approaches and tools and issues/opportunities arising
1530
Break

1600
PAR Panel: Testing Hypotheses (such as):
  • PAR approaches apply across scales – households to landscapes
  • PAR approaches enable us to better achieve development outcomes
  • We can integrate biophysical and social disciplinary approaches through PAR
  • PAR approaches deliver ‘real’ science and development results
  • PAR approaches catalyze engagement and partnerships for better impact
  • Lively ‘food for thought and action’ panel
  • Examining evidence and use cases for PAR

1645
Moving the PAR agenda forward: Constraints, opportunities, priorities

Initial zoom in on actions and products likely to make a difference/be useful in uptake of PAR approaches
Quick brainstorm and work on activities, such as:
  • Inventory
  • guided resource kit/Toolkit
  • Community of practice
  • Mainstreaming PAR
  • thorny issues briefs and cases
  • forming collaborations
1730
Review day 2; preview day 3

1745
Close

Evening
Free



Wednesday

0800 - 0900
Breakfast

0900
PAR tools and approaches – Deeper dive into critical success factors, thorny issues and challenges and how to overcome/resolve them.

Zoom in on wider/bigger issues critical to uptake of PAR approaches
Facilitators
1100
Break

1130
Moving the PAR agenda forward: Constraints, opportunities, priorities, actions, products

Zoom in on actions and products likely to make a difference/be useful in uptake of PAR approaches
Brainstorm and work on activities, such as:
  • Inventory
  • guided resource kit/Toolkit
  • Community of practice
  • Mainstreaming PAR
  • thorny issues briefs and cases
  • forming collaborations
1300
Lunch

1400
Moving the PAR agenda forward – next steps
  • Overall next steps
  • Agenda for the coming 2 days
1515
Close

1530
Break

1600-1700
Days 4/5 small planning group

Evening
Free