versión ISSN 0258-5936
ORTIZ, R; ANGARICA, Lydia y SCHMID, Marguerite Misteli. THE DESIGN AND DIRECT EFFECTS Participatory Evaluation (CHANGE OF ATTITUDE) IN LOCAL AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION PROJECT (PIAL). cultrop [online]. 2010, vol.31, n.4, pp. 00-00. ISSN 0258-5936.
The participatory monitoring and evaluation of the local agricultural innovation processes strengthen as a change of the methodological approach, in which community, donors y politicians get together to decide how to measure project advances and what actions should be implemented to maintain and improve results. Starting from the indicators of direct effects and products, two practical tools are known for planning, self-monitoring, self-evaluating and externally evaluating local agricultural innovation processes, to let design operation plans, identify gradual progress when fulfilling the predicted goals, as well as visualize possible impacts. This paper presents and discusses information gathered at the workshops celebrated during 2007 and 2008 in the Local Centers of Agricultural Innovation (CLIA), with producers and other local actors participating in nine provinces from the west, center and east of Cuba. It shows the CLIA case of Las Tunas. Also, it presents the self-evaluation of a group of farmers taking part in the Participatory Plant Breeding (FP) since 2000 to 2008, in order to evaluate the direct effects y impacts reached, all of them set in concluded FP and PIAL projects guided by the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA), along with other research and training institutions linked to the agricultural sector. The first case describes the steps followed up to change attitude by using a five-steps qualitative scale that enables to evaluate more clearly the indicators of direct effects on its evolution and where the initial value is the base line. The second case employs a group of indicators with a 10-levels scale to measure FP impact on the farm and family, self-evaluating those involved as they were and where they are today. Both forms are proved to be nice indicators of the direct effect reached on the target groups.
Palabras llave : evaluation; direct effects; innovation projects.