Satisfied partners should tell their friends!
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CTA. 1999. Satisfied partners should tell their friends!. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The hundreds of specialists, ranging from farmers to research directors, who attend events organised and supported by CTA should do more to share the information and experiences they gain. This is a major conclusion of an external evaluation of the...
The hundreds of specialists, ranging from farmers to research directors, who attend events organised and supported by CTA should do more to share the information and experiences they gain. This is a major conclusion of an external evaluation of the Centre's Specific Objective 1: to promote contact and exchange of experience. The evaluation was conducted throughout 1998 and covered the period 1994-1997. During that time, CTA supported 289 events including its own wholly-organised seminars, co-seminars, third-party seminars, and study visits. Of the beneficiaries, 42% came from the research community, 20% from planning, 12% from decision-making, and the remaining from NGOs (25%), community groups, and farmers (5%). All beneficiaries expressed a high degree of satisfaction and professional enrichment as a result of their participation. The evaluators commented mainly on the need to make better use of the opportunities these events provide for information exchange. Although most beneficiaries keep contact with new friends and colleagues they meet at the events, they could do more to share information with their community and peer group. The evaluators proposed that in future each participant should be asked to submit a proposal describing how they will share their experiences after the event. As described in CTA's latest Annual Report, the 1998 programme to promote contact and exchange of experience encompassed 57 events, attended by more than 1300 participants: 3 own seminars with 150 participants, 10 co-seminars with more than 850, a study visit with 16, and 43 third-party seminars (two-thirds in ACP countries) attended by 276 CTA-supported specialists. The most noticeable shift is that whereas in only 7% of the participants were women, in 1998 the figure rose to 18%. A marked improvement, but still some way to go!