Collaborative Workshop on Good Practices in Extension Research and Evaluation held on 29 November - 2 December 2016 at ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad (India)
ICAR-NAARM, in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy (CRISP), Agricultural Extension in South Asia (AESA), ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), organised this workshop to create a cadre of professional extension researchers who can carry out impact-oriented quality research in extension. Channppagouda Biradar and Suresh Verma who participated in this workshop share their experiences here.
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While reading this nicely written MEETING NOTE, some thoughts flashed into my mind: 1. While many might have said in past and still keep on saying that there are several weaknesses in research methodology in extension research, but only a few would be there to remedy the situation. 2. Appreciably, this collective action from CRISP, MANAGE, CTCRI & NAARM has come forward to take remedial steps, so deserve appreciation & congratulations. Right from problem identification to sampling, data collection to interpretation and report/research paper paper writing every aspect has been covered in this 4 days workshop. I am sure, the participants might have gained here far more than what they might have learnt in a semester doing course on Research Methodology given the weakness in post graduate teaching in Extension education at most of the SAUs including ICAR Deemed Universities. This kind of workshops are in fact needed at many other zones too to enhance the capacity of young researchers across the country. Hopefully, this good exercise will be replicated in other places as well. We know the conferences have different objectives, yet if we can focus more on these type of capacity building activities over the seminars & conferences, it would be good for the profession. I liked the layout, photos and coverage in this meeting note, congratulations to Channppagouda Biradar and Suresh Verma, for narrating the experiences beautifully. Congratulations to the organizers for this collective action for a good cause.!
I complement the organisers for conducting such a purposeful workshop which I am sure will benefit the participants. I observed some of the following good practices in organising this workshop which I wish other workshop organisers need to emulate: For the first time several concerned organisations joined together in recognising the weaknesses in extension research focussed their efforts in improving the quality of extension research. Proper selection of interested trainees and appropriate topics. Right selection of competent speakers and deviating from the conventional trainer oriented to trainee oriented teaching methods. Involvement of the DG, MANAGE and Director, NAARM and their commitment to extend support to such workshops. I am sure that this collaborative workshop must have energised the participant and some of the participants must be thinking that they could have attended such workshops well before submitting their research project proposals. I personally believe that this workshop must not be an end in itself. Rather it should serve as a means to achieve the bigger goal of improving the quality of research in the years to come. Is there any scope of inviting these participants to get their feedback after a lapse of say six months ? I mean what did they do with the acquired Knowledge, skills and attitudes ? Thanks to the young participants, especially Channappagouda and Suresh who gave us a picture of what has been transpired in the four day collaborative workshop
Very pertinent topic for giving repeated attention to enhance standard of research and research communication. The note is well prepared and very informative