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1 November 2005 Designing a Multipurpose Methodology for Strategic Environmental Research: The Rönneå Catchment Dialogues
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The Rönneå Catchment Dialogues were developed as a multipurpose methodology to enable stakeholder-oriented, interdisciplinary research. This article describes the background of the Catchment Dialogues and their multiple aims and evaluates the Dialogue design. The three parallel objectives that were expected from the Catchment Dialogues were that they would function as a method to i) collect qualitative research data, ii) promote the involvement of stakeholders in water management, and iii) offer a practical example to enable integration of disciplines. Drawing on experiences from similar research or stakeholder-involvement projects using focus groups and similar techniques, this article assesses how the research aim was fulfilled and how the balance between fulfilling different objectives was struck. It reflects on Catchment Dialogues as a fruitful research method for answering our research questions, specifically focusing on the “new” design features, i.e. heterogeneous groups, structured interviews (long hours), and external moderation. Conclusions show that Catchment Dialogues was a useful approach for achieving VASTRA's multiple purposes.
Anna Jonsson, Ingela Danielsson and Anna Jöborn "Designing a Multipurpose Methodology for Strategic Environmental Research: The Rönneå Catchment Dialogues," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 34(7), (1 November 2005). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-34.7.489
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