This book presents the principles and the tools for participatory evaluation of sustainable development--growth that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It is intended for any citizen or group that may be concerned with protecting or recovering a cultural heritage, assessing the impact of a project or of plans that impact an environment or ecosystem.
The authors describe participatory evaluation processes that will empower all interested "stakeholders"--anyone impacted by a proposed venture--to determine and control what is to be evaluated and how it is evaluated, to articulate and define their community's vision, and to ensure that development plans meet their community's needs sustainably.
Acknowledging that the specific concepts, challenges, opportunities, and circumstances surrounding sustainable development differ significantly from one place or group to another, the authors provide an adaptable framework for developing an evaluation plan, as well as the tools for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data. They explain how to use and communicate findings to ensure a full and appropriate debate about the issues, and finally how to implement the evaluation plan.
An important and practical book for anyone concerned with the impact of planning and development issues and who wants to ensure that all sectors of their community are given a voice in decisions that affect them.
Okechukwu Ukaga Ukaga is the Executive Director of Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership, University of Minnesota. He is also an extension educator and associate professor of sustainable development with University of Minnesota Extension Service. He was previously Managing Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development at Colorado State University and earlier worked at Penn State University and Florida A & M University. Ukaga has written and/or co-authored more than 50 publications including Renewing the Countryside (Minnesota 2001, co-edited) and Sustainable Development in Africa. Chris Maser Maser has spent over 25 years as a research scientist in natural history and ecology in forest, shrub steppe, sub-arctic, desert, coastal, and agricultural settings. He is an independent author as well as an international lecturer, facilitator in resolving environmental conflicts, vision statements, and sustainable community development. He is also an international consultant in forest ecology and sustainable forestry practices and has written over 260 publications, including authoring or co-authoring fifteen books, including: Planning for Sustainable Development (2000); Forest Certification in Sustainable Development: Healing the Landscape (2000); and The World is in My Garden: A Journey of Consciousness (2001).