EVIDENCE

Report
CONCEPT
NOTE
• HISTORY – STILL LEARNING
RESULTS
CHAIN
(LM, LFA)
PROPOSAL
Michael Powell, PhD
(Geochemistry)
Prometeo – SDIC
Jaime Medina Sotomayor
Subsecretario de
Investigación Cientίfica
• OVERLAP … PROCESS …
INTERRELATED … NO STAND
ALONE … ITERATIVE, ….
• THE INSTRUCTIONS IN RBM
ARE ACTUALLY THE “HOW” –
WHAT IS INCLUDED CONCEPT NOTE
SUCCESSFUL MODEL FOR FUNDING*
STAND ALONE:
NATURAL OR SOCIAL SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING
• 100% INTERACTIVE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY: INVESTIGATORS
TRANSMIT NEW KNOWLEDGE TO END USERS DURING ALL PHASES OF
THE WORK
• POLICY MAKERS, PLANNERS AND IMPLEMENTERS FROM ALL
PARTNERS, STAKEHOLDERS AND BENEFICIARIES ON BOARD
THROUGHOUT PROCESS
• RISKS & ASSUMPTIONS AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
THOROUGHLY IDENTIFIED AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES IN PLACE
• VERIFIABLE & QUANTIFIABLE INDICATORS DESIGNED FOR EARLY
DETECTION OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
• DISSEMINATION & KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
STRATEGIES WELL DEFINED
*From: P. Sadsawad, 2007; CIHR, 2004; U. Toronto, 2004, CIDA, 1997 – references from Dr. L. Hallstram, U. of Alberta.
BUEN VIVIR
GROWTH ≡ CAPACITY
(CANOPY)
THE SUM OF ALL
RESEARCH
EFFORTS
INPUTS
(NUTRIENTS)
RESEARCHERS ≡ IDEAS
(ROOT HAIRS)
EVIDENCE
(NEED)
NETWORKS/TEAMS ≡
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
(LARGER ROOTS)
GOVERNENCE
HUMAN
ANCESTRAL
KNOWLEDGE,
CULTURE,
FAMILY
FACETS vs
BUEN VIVIR
SOCIETAL
PLANNING
ECOSYSTEM
SOIL,
WATER,
AGRI., IND.
LIVELIHOOD,
HEALTH
PLANTS,
ANIMALS
MANAGEMENT - STAKEHOLDER,
IMPLEMENTATION BENEFICIARIES,
PARTNERS
RELATIONAL
DYNAMICS
OMNIDIRECTIONAL
COMMUNICATION
FROM BEGINNING
DISSEMINATION
GOVT. ,
POLICY
ITERATIVE,
CROSS SECTOR,
MULTIDISCIPLINARY PARTICIPATORY
CONTEXT
WHY
NEED
LOCAL
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
GLOBAL
REALISTIC
TIMELY
SPATIAL
SUSTAINABLE
RESEARCH
BUEN VIVIR
E V I D E N C E
$$$$
DOABLE
TIME
ETHNICITY
DEMOGRAPHICS
ECONOMICS
GENDER
SOCIETAL
ADAPTATION
INCLUSIVE
STAKEHOLDERS;
FROM BEGINNING
ENVIRONMENTAL
GOVT. POLICY
ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE
EXISTING
NEW
INFORM
RESEARCH
OBJECTIVE QUESTION
NEED FOR
CHANGE
MERGING RESEARCH
WITH COUNTRY
FRAMEWORK
ENGAGE
STAKEHOLDERS
ASSEMBLE
RESEARCH TEAM
STRATEGIC
PLAN
SCIENTIFIC
METHOD
IMPLEMENT
EXPERIMENTATION
TEST
HYPOTHESIS
COLLECT AND
ANALYSE DATA
DRAW
CONCLUSIONS
AND PUBLISH
MONITOR &
EVALUATE
SUCCESS
ADJUST AND
CONTINUE
DISSEMINATE
RESUTLS &
INFORM POLICY
WHY RESULTS BASED MANAGEMENT (RBM)
…….. WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO THE
PREPARATION OF A CONCEPT NOTE ????
2nd
CONCEPT NOTE
COMPONENTS …
REQUIRE RBM
THINKING:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
ABSTRACT
OBJECTIVES
JUSTIFICATION
WORK PLAN
METHODOLOGIES
ANTICIPATED
RESULTS
ENGAGEMENT
GENDER ABORIGINAL
M&E
TOC (UC)
DISSEMINATION
VALUE
1ST
RBM WILL BE THE NEW “STANDARD”
WHY … BENEFITS OF RBM:
 PROVIDES CONSISTENCY IN MANAGEMENT AND
LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE SECTRETARÍA
 PROMOTE A RESULTS ORIENTED PHYLOSOPHY
FOR/WITHIN ALL ACTORS
 ACHIEVE GOALS vs EXECUTION
 DEFINE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
 ACCOUNTABILITY AT ALL LEVELS
 ENCOURAGE FLEXIBILITY – PLANNING AND
IMPLEMENTATION
 ASSIGN OWNERSHIP
 INSURE RESULTS THAT SATISFY EC AND BV
MANDATES
 EVIDENCE FOR FUTURE POLICY/STRATEGY
 IDENTIFY NEED FOR FUTURE CHANGE
 APPLY LESSONS LEARNED
PROPOSAL
THE RESULTS CHAIN
(LOGIC MODEL)
LOGIC
MODEL
CONC.
NOTE
PLATFORM
• TOOLS
• BLUEPRINT
PROCESS
• DOCUMENT
OUTLINE
PROCESS FOR CONSTRUCTING A LOGIC MODEL (RESULTS CHAIN)
STEPS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE LOGIC MODEL (1)
BRIEF – IN DEPTH DURING RBM WORKSHOPS IN JULY/2014
GROUP 1: IDEA STAGE … “WHAT”
1. IDENTIFY THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME = THE WHY = NEED = PROBLEM
a. IN CONSULTATION WITH RESEARCH TEAM AND FUNDING AGENCY
b. CONTEXT (RELIGION-ETHNIC-SOCIO-ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENT,
POLITICS, ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE, BUEN VIVIR)
c. MAKE SENSE (FEASIBLE, TIMELY, REALISTIC, “WHO”)
2. IDENTIFY AND ENGAGE ACTORS = THE WHO =
PARTNERS, BENEFICIARIES, STAKEHOLDERS
a. CREDENTIALS – ACCOUNTABILITY – CAPACITIES
i. ARE THEY APPROPRIATE (IDEOLOGIES - $$$
vs PROPONENT)
STEPS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE LOGIC MODEL (2)
GROUP 2: PLANNING MODEL STAGE … “ROUTE”
3. DETERMINE ACTIVITIES = HOW
a. CREDENTIALS – ACCOUNTABILITY – CAPACITIES
i. ARE THEY APPROPRIATE (IDEOLOGIES - $$$ vs PROPONENT)
ii. CONTEXT – SETTING - SPHERE
SCALE
4. IDENTIFY OUTPUTS = ACTIVITY PACKAGES
a. OCCUR AT OUTPUT & OUTCOME LEVELS
5. IDENTIFY OUTCOMES = ALL LEVELS
a. ASSOCIATION WITH OUTPUT(S)
TOC
PIP
STEPS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE LOGIC MODEL (3)
GROUP 3: VERTICAL INTEGRATION STAGE … “ADHESIVE”
6. LOGICAL CONNECTIONS
a. IDENTIFY LINKAGES FROM BOTTOM TO TOP
b. “IF … THEN”
7. CHECK FOR CONSISTENCY
a. CONFIRM ACTOR’S EXPECTATIONS
i. TRANSFER KNOWLEDGE
TOC
IP
STEPS FOR CONSTRUCTING THE LOGIC MODEL (4)
GROUP 4: BUILD IN APPRAISAL … “SELF-CHECKING”
8. EVALUATION FRAMEWORK
a. INDICATORS – S.M.A.R.T.
b. PROGRESS
i. MONITORING
ii. EVALUATION
9. RISK ASSESSMENT
a. ASSUMPTIONS
b. MITIGATION STRATEGIES
i. TRANSFER KNOWLEDGE
10. PREPARE NARRATIVE
WBS: BASIS OF A GOOD CONCEPT NOTE
Outcome 100: Quantity and quality of sludge analyzed to assess potential environmental, agricultural and
human health benefits/problems associated with its use.
Output 110: Producers and users of sludge identified and linkages with all partners established. C
Activity 111: Headquarters established by Canadian Proj. team
A
Activity 112: Office equipment purchased and operational
U
Activity 113: Reconnaissance field work to identify sludge facilities
S
Activity 114: Identify and establish relations with farmers using sludge
A
Activity 115: Determine demographics of villages using sludge
L
Activity 116: Contact with local NGOs and finalize MOU's
Activity 117: Identify and enlist support of all potential partners and strike committees
Output 120: 20 Treatment facilities selected and volume of available sludge determined.
Activity 121: treatment facilities selected for study
Activity 122: Collection of sludge from all sites
Output 130: Chemistry, microbiology and toxicology of sewage sludge for agricultural usage
evaluated.
Activity 131: Lab protocols established
Activity 132: Samples prepared and split for various analytical methods
Activity 133: Representative samples sent to appropriate labs
Activity 134: Data compiled, reduced, evaluated
Activity 135: Indian staff trained in appropriate lab techniques
Activity 136: Application rates determined
R
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A
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S
H
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P
“NEED”
RESEARCH
OBJECTIVE
POLICY
ULTIMATE OUTCOME:
IMPROVE THE ECOMIC CONDITION OF VILLAGERS IN RURAL INDIA VIA NTFP SALES
INTERMEDIATE
OUTCOME
INCREASED VOLUME OF NTFP
IMPROVED MARKET AVAILABILITY AND
PRODUCTS FOR SALE IN THE
ACCEPTANCE
MARKET
ASSUMPTIONS (UC)
IMMEDIATE
OUTCOME
INCREASED
ACCESS TO
TIMBER AND
NTFP
INCREASED
YIELDS DUE
TO HEALTHIER
SOILS
INCREASED CAPACITY TO
IMPROVED
PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY NTFP
MAKETING
BASED PRODUCTS FOR THE
ABILITY
MARKET
ASSUMPTIONS (UC)
OUTPUT(S)
• (AS
INDICATORS –
USING MIXED
LANGUAGE)
1.# TREES
PLANTED
2.% OF
WOODLOT
COMPLETED
1.ANALYTICAL
RESULTS
OBTAINED
2.FERT. RATE
CALC. MADE
1.# OF PEOPLE
PARTICIPATI
NG
2.# OF
VILLAGES
PARTICIPATI
NG
1.# OF UNITS
PURCHASED
2.# OF PP WHO
CAN OPP.
UNITS
1.# OF COOPS
FORMED
2.# VILL.
3.# OF PEOPLE
WHO
UNDERSTAN
D FIN.
• COLLECT 20
• TRAIN 10 PP
SOIL SAMP.
EA. VILLAGE
PER
RE QUALITY
WOODLOT
• TRAIN 5
• ANALYZE 200
VILLAGES
SOIL SAMP.
• DIFF. SOIL =
DIFF. FERT.
RATE
ASSUMPTIONS (UC)
• PURCHASE 5
UNITS FOR
MAKING
NTFP
• TRAIN 10 PP
EA. IN 5
VILLAGES TO
USE EQUIP.
• FORM 1
COOP EA.
FOR 5
VILLAGES
• TRAIN 10 PP
EA. VILLAGE
ASSUMPTIONS (UC)
GROUP OF
ACTIVITIES
(STRATEGY)
• PLANT 10
WOODLOTS
• PLANT 100
TREES PER
WOODLOT
• TRAIN PP RE
PROTECTION
& MAINT.
INPUTS
FUNDING/DONOR, LOCAL H.R., CSO & NGO, $ AGENCY PARTICIPATION,
GOVERNENT BODY, INST. IN-KIND, INST. RES. $
(O-J-M-WP-
RELATE THIS RESULTS HEIRARCHY TO A DOCUMNT
THAT EXPLICITLY OUTLINES THE ENTIRE
“MANAGING FOR RESULTS PHYLOSOPHY” ……
..… LIMITED SPACE, LIMITED TIME, SATISFIES
FUNDER/DONOR STANDARD GRANTING
CONDITIONS
CONCEPT NOTE ……
NOT A MAKE-WORK, BUREAUCRATIC EXERCISE
WHY … REQUIRED
• BY MOST/MANY - FUNDERS/DONORS
• PRIVATE & PUBLIC & GOVERNMENT
BENEFITS … BOTH SIDES
• ALLOWS RESEARCHERS TO FOCUS OBJECTIVES
• IMPROVES COMPETITION
• QUICKLY IDENTIFIES IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES
• SAVES TIME & EFFORTS
SPECIFIC … RESEARCH TEAM
• CHANCE TO PROMOTE IDEAS
• PROVIDES A BROADER BASE
 MORE FUNDING POSSIBILITIES
 QUICKER EVALUATION – SUITABILITY
 MOVE FORWARD – OTHER SOURCES
CONCEPT NOTE … FORMAT
DIFFERENT FORMATS FOR DIFFERENT FUNDERS – USE
TITLE
INTRO/ABST
THE PROJECT:
BACKGROUND,
GOALS,
OBJECTIVES,
PURPOSE,
RATIONALE,
METHODS,
HYPOTHESIS,
THEORY,
BENEFITS,
LOCATION,
BIBLIO.,
TEAM,
BUDGET
IT!
 WHAT YOU SAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN
HOW YOU SAY IT – GET THE POINT ACROSS.
PAY ATTENTION
TO THE
INSTRUCTIONS
 QUANTITY
QUALITY
 NOT WHAT YOU KNOW ... WHAT YOU
WANT TO KNOW
UNIQUENESS …..
KNOWLEDGE GAPS
EGO
BACKGROUND
RELEVANCE
NECESSITY
BVNEW
SECRETARÍA
STRATEGIC PLANNING ….
NEW/CHANGING POLICY
TARGET –
THE “WHO”
HOW
WHEN
WHO
IMPACTED
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
NOT ENOUGH TO
“WANT”, “HOPE”
LINKAGES
NEW …
CHANGE…
BV OBJ. ..
RESULTS LEVEL
CAUSALITY
SHOW
HOW
STAKEHOLDERS
ENGAGED
TIMING &
LEVEL
CLEAR, SHORT SUMMARY/CONNECTION BETWEEN THE PROJECT AND
BUEN VIVIR
E V I D E N C E
SPECIFICS NOT COMMON TO ALL CN …
 THEORY OF CHANGE
 PARTICIPATORYIMPACT PATHWAYS
 ASSUMPTIONS-RISKS-MITIGATION
 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
SEPARATE THE “AVERAGE” FROM THE “BEST”
• UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
• RISKS & ASSUMPTIONS
• STRATEGIES FOR MITIGATION
THEORY OF
CHANGE
(TOC)
TOC – EXPLAINS THE ACTIVIES/EVENTS ALONG A
PATHWAY DESIGNED TO REACH THE ANTICIPATED,
ULTIMATE OUTCOME
PARTICIPATORY IMPACT
PATHWAYS (PIPA) …
IMPACT PATHWAYS (IP) …
MAPING ….
“HOW” CHANGE WILL TAKE PLACE
SEQUNCE OF EVENTS THAT WILL LOGICALLY LEAD TO THE FINAL OUTCOME
BASED ON ASSUMPTIONS TAKEN WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A SPHERE
OUTCOME
C
A
U
S
A
L
I
T
Y
ACTIVITY
IF…THEN
UNIQUE &
UNAMBIGUOUS
THERE MUST BE A LOGICAL, DIRECT,
MEASURABLE CONNECTION FROM STEP TO STEP
QUAL./QUANT.
INDICATORS
WHAT IS REQUIRED:
• REFLECTIVE,
HONEST
FEEDBACK
• COOPERATIVE
AGREEMENT
WITH $$$/INST.
• TRANSPARENCY
• FLEXIBILITY
AVOID FALLICIES WHEN COMPILING
ASSUMPTIONS FROM VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS
THOERY OF CHANGE (TOC) …
PARTICIPATORY IMPACT PATHWAYS (PIPA) …
IMPACT PATHWAYS (IP) …
MAPING ….
• TOOLS TO IDENTIFY
“HOW” CHANGE
WILL OCCUR
• HOW THE METHODS
PROJECT
WILL ACHIEVE THE
IMPLEMENTATION USING
RESULTS
RBM IS
• A DYNAMIC PROCESS
THIS IS WHERE YOU
• FLEXIBLE AND
CONSTRUCT
RESPONSIVE TO
• THE LOGICAL LINKS
LESSONS
BETWEEN DESIRED
RESULTS,
• THE CAUSAL
RELATIONSHIPS,
WHERE HONEST
• THE “IF … THEN”
ASSUMPTIONS
RELATIONSHIPS,
• MITIGATE RISK
• THE SEQUENCE OF
• UNINTENDED
RESULTS THAT WILL
CONSEQUENCES
ACHIEVE THE
ULTIMATE OUTCOME
IMPORTANCE OF ASSUMPTIONS
•Inputs: money, $500; staff, 5 people; tools, 4 sets for sampling; literature, 1 manual
•activity: buy the equipment; train the field staff to use the equipment; collect 100 soil
samples form 10 hectares
•output: 100 samples collected and in the lab for analyses, which leads to more activities
and other outputs.
EXAMPLE –
IMPORTANCE OF
ASSUMPTIONS
ACTUAL:
• 75 SAMPLES
• 8 HA.
• 2.5 DAYS
• SPENT $500









that $500 was enough to collect 100 samples from 10 hectares
that 5 field staff with 4 sets of sampling equipment were enough to do the job
that 3 days was a realistic time to complete the work
that the equipment worked as per the manufacturers specifications
that the field staff really understood the instructions in the manual
that the field staff had the will to complete the work as outlined
that all the staff showed up for work
that the manual explained in enough detail how to take the soil samples
that the 10 hectares were accessible (i.e., not too mountainous, or covered with
water, or to bushy, etc.)
 that the weather was good enough to go into the field
 that no landowner issues arose, which might have stopped the sampling ……
BAD &
GOOD
LIMITING FACTORS:
• RISKS –
ASSUMPTIONS
• MITIGATION
UNINTENDED
CONSEQUENCES
HOW HAVE
THEY
IMPROVED
PRODUCTIVITY
WAS FUNDING
LEVERAGED
PROGRESS
TOWARDS
COUNTRY
FRAMEWORK
HOW DOES YOUR CN
MAKE THESE LINKS
RESULTS
CURRENT/EXISTING DATA,
REFLECT ACTIVITIES:
 NUMBER OF PERSONNEL
 AMOUNT OF FUNDING
 SOURCE OF FUNDING
 FURNITURE
 FUNDS SPENT PER TYPE OF RESEARCH
 HOW FUNDS SPENT (FIELD)
 LABORATORY SPACE
 …………
CONTRIBUTION
TO SCIENCE
VALUE FOR
MONEY
IN USE NOW,
WORKING,
CONTRIBUTION
TO RESEARCH
EQUIPMENT VS
RES. GOALS,
WORKING,
TRAINING, DATA
FOR PUBS. ….
AT THE CONCEPT NOTE STAGE
A PROJECT ON
NUTRIENT
AVAILABILITY (f)
SOIL PHYSICS ...
CONCISE
SHOULD
DISCUSS
CHEMICAL
SPECIATION
FACTORS
ROLE OF FEMALE
TEACHERS AT THE
PRIMARY LEVEL …
ABLITY OF THE
TEACHERS (f)
THEIR EDUC.
LEVEL
NEED FOR NEW
POLICY INITIATIVES
FOR GOOD
GOVERNANCE …
WHETHER THE
POLICY OR THE
IMPLEMENTATION
IS FLAWED
SHOULD NOT
DISCUSS THE
IMPORTANCE
OF NUTRIENTS
TO PLANTS
SOCIOECONOMIC
STATUS
FOCUS ON
EXTERNAL
EXAMPLES
PLANN ING - PLANN ING - PLANN ING
BE: SHORT, CONCISE, ON POINT, NOT WORDY
EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW
Attenuation of As Uptake into Rice Using Organic (Aquatic
Macrophytes) and Inorganic (Fly Ash) Barriers: A Constructed
Wetland Model for India
PROPOSAL:
Rice consumption in India has fallen 7% over the past 10 years but still stands at >80kg/yr.
per person. As one of the main staples of the India diet, the biochemical composition of rice
can have a significant health impact on those who rely on it as their major source of food. In
addition, the occurrence of As in products consumed in No. Amer., and which contain rice,
have been shown to contain 2-10 times the limit of 10 µg/gr of inorganic As as established
by the USEPA. This project will develop rural models for inhibiting As accumulation in rice
by establishing physical and chemical barriers to uptake
BACKGROUND:
The accumulation of As in various plant types, including foods, is common wherever As
exists in the water used for irrigation. The ubiquitous occurrence of biologically significant
As concentrations in various foodstuffs is a function of the redox potential of the site and
has resulted in many studies of the uptake, translocation, and release of those species
most important within the food chain. These are, inorganic arsenate (As(V)) under oxidizing
conditions, and arsenite (As(III)) under reducing conditions and organically bound As,
typically as monomethylarsonic (MMA) and dimethylarsinic (DMA) acids. As(V) typically
enters plants via phosphate transporters while As(III) enters with aguaglyceroporins along
with MMA and DMA. Once inside plant cells, As(V) is reduced to As(III) via arsenate
reducing enzymes and is then transported via glutathione and/or phytochelatins for storage
in vacuoles in the form of S-thiol, thus decreasing it’s phytotoxicity. Translocation of As
from the root to the shoot or leaf/grain of a plant is species dependent and variable. This
biogenic process results in some plants being hyperaccumulators of As and suited for use
as phytoremediators, which have proven more useful and thorough at sequestering As than
synthetic filters, etc.
PAY
ATTENTION
Belmont Forum: Future Earth
… global environmental change … mobilize thousands of scientists while strengthening
partnerships with policy-makers and other stakeholders to provide sustainability options
and solutions in the wake of Rio+20.
Future Earth will be a global platform to deliver:
•
Solution-orientated research for sustainability, linking environmental change and
development challenges to satisfy human needs for food, water, energy, health;
•
Effective interdisciplinary collaboration across natural and social sciences,
humanities, economics, and technology development, to find the best scientific
solutions to multi-faceted problems;
•
Timely information for policy-makers by generating the knowledge that will
support existing and new global and regional integrated assessments;
•
Participation of policy-makers, funders, academics, business and industry, and
other sectors of civil society in co-designing and co-producing research agendas
and knowledge;
•
Increased capacity building in science, technology and innovation, especially in
developing countries and engagement of a new generation of scientists.
Integrating existing endeavours
… build on the success of existing global environmental change programmes
… International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), International Human Dimensions Programme
(IHDP), Diversitas - an international programme of biodiversity science, and World Climate Research
Programme (WCRP) and Earth Science System Partnership (ESSP)
THEIR RULES
Belmont Forum: Future Earth
2886 WORDS, 6.5 PAGES, 10 SECTIONS = $3,000,000.
The Ganga River Basin, a Large Ecosystem at Risk: Role of Civil Society,
Sciences, humanities and Government.
Sort title and abstract: - 152 words
Background information (incl. link to GEC projects or equivalent initiatives) -169
words
Main knowledge gap that the call should address - 1142 words
Added value for the research community (in particular, highlight how the call
will promote knowledge advances by tackling the proposed theme at the global
level) - 939 words
Added value for research funders - 82 words
Contribution to the Belmont challenge and Future Earth - 86 words
Appropriate funding instruments (foresight, networking, capacity building,
research projects…) and call timeline (“one shot” call versus repeated calls) 54 words
Potential funding / co-alignment partners (Joint Programming Initiatives,
Development Aid Agencies…) - 140 words
Work plan (including Scoping Workshop) if identified yet - 69 words
Relation to existing Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Actions (if any) - 53
words
CARIAA,
2902 WORDS, 6 PAGES, 9 SECTIONS = $15,000,000
Objectives
The ultimate goal is to …
Intermediate objectives will include:
1) access how decision makers construct policy on basin management,
2) identify factors that control livelihood systems related to water quality/availability at
local/regional scales and within different gender, special needs, and socio-economic
scenarios,
3) pinpoint how usage (triggers) control processes that affect water quality/availability,
4) evaluate how these processes will be affected by climate change, and
5) integrate knowledge into policy and local/regional training to change usage patterns and
buffer climate change impacts (close the gap).
Outputs will include:
1) establish a system of participatory engagement for stakeholders at all levels (societal,
government, etc.),
2) establish a dissemination, data-sharing, communication group including all stakeholders,
3) organize workshops/information sessions to sensitize people about the goals of the
project and how we plan to achieve them,
4) determine vulnerability factor differences with changing demographics, customs, and
livelihood systems within the basin,
5) begin training modules that will run from the start of the project through completion,
6) data mining for all variables related to livelihood systems (either agrarian/agricultural,
domestic, urban, rural) and how water figures into their importance.
CARIAA, CONT.
Stakeholder Engagement Approach
The stakeholder engagement will be designed …
1) Identify and invite to participate: a) classify stakeholders … , b)
invitation to engage …
2) Stakeholder consultations regarding involvement; importance of
engagement: a) delineate differences …, b) identify vulnerability factors,
c) potential risks …, d) evaluation of existing policies …
3) Engage: a) determine capacity …, b) establish rules …, c) solutionoriented approach …, d) model framed within the context …, e) data
mining …
4) Action: a) second iteration of engagement …, b) insure governance and
management …, c) set targets …, d) set performance indicators …
5) Dissemination: a) consistent feedback loop …, b) two-way
communication …, c) utilize “cloud” and social media …, d) conduct oneon-one …, e) monitor progress …, f) public awareness …, g) training and
technology transfer …
RCUK: €3B
Supergen Fuel Cells Challenge - €5M
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Calls/2014/SUPERGENFuelCellsChallengeCall.pdf
Assessment criteria
Research Quality
• Research vision, ambition and adventure
• Distinctiveness from other projects in the existing portfolio
• Appropriateness of proposed methodology
National Importance
• Potential impact of the UK research landscape in cross-disciplinary
technology research
Pathways to Impact
• Appropriate and viable potential user collaborations
• Plans for dissemination and knowledge exchange with potential
beneficiaries of the research
Applicants’ Track Record
• The leadership quality and experience of the PI
• The track record of the team
• The balance of skills of the project team
Resources and management
• Effectiveness of planning and resource management
• Appropriateness of resources requested
Fit to the Call
• Degree to which the proposal aligns with the intent of the call
THINK 5 PAGES IS TOUGH ???
NSF GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
b. Project Summary - http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/nsf04_23/2.jsp
The proposal must contain a summary of the proposed
activity suitable for publication, not more than one page in
length. It should not be an abstract of the proposal, but
rather a self-contained description of the activity that would
result if the proposal were funded. The summary should be
written in the third person and include a statement of
objectives and methods to be employed. It must clearly
address in separate statements (within the one-page
summary): (1) the intellectual merit of the proposed activity;
and (2) the broader impacts resulting from the proposed
activity. (See Chapter III for further descriptive information on the NSF
merit review criteria.) It should be informative to other persons working
in the same or related fields and, insofar as possible, understandable to
a scientifically or technically literate lay reader. Proposals that do not
separately address both merit review criteria within the one page Project
Summary will be returned without review.
IS RBM PHYLOSOPHY BEING USED IN THE
SCIENCES …..
NSF – GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/nsf04_23/3.jsp
Criteria for acceptance
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and
understanding while promoting teaching, training, and
learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the
participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender,
ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it
enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such
as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific
and technological understanding? What may be the benefits
of the proposed activity to society?
ONE DAY DOES NOT PROVIDE IN-DEPTH
TRAINING IN RBM OR ITS USE IN
CONSTRUCTING PROJECT DOCUMENTS
… BUT YOU MUST START SOMEWERE
THOSE SUBMITTING CONCEPT NOTES
WILL HAVE TO SPEND SOME TIME ON THE
INTERNET …. DO YOUR RESEARCH
ADDITIONAL RBM TRAINING WILL TAKE
PLACE IN QUITO, CUENCA AND
GUAYAQUIL IN EARLY JULY/2015
WE ARE ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY ….
GRACIAS
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