|Participatory Methods in Community-based Coastal Resource Management - Volume 1 - Introductory Papers (IIRR, 1998)|
The main section of the sourcebook is the step by step description of various participatory methods field-tested by the authors and their organizations. A simple outline was devised for most of the topics in this section and include the following headings: definition, purpose, materials, suggested approach, outputs, strengths, weaknesses and variations. Examples were commonly used to illustrate key points. In most cases, the examples were based on actual experiences. Cautions highlight areas where potential problems are likely to occur. Icons were also used for these special considerations.
The methods can be categorized in a number of ways: 1) the type of tool employed (e.g., matrix, diagram, timeline); 2) the purpose of the tool (e.g., temporal analysis, spatial analysis, comparison); and 3) the stage in the project cycle when it is applied (e.g., analysis, planning, implementation). Eventually, the final groupings adopted for the sourcebook emphasize the type of tool and its purpose. The judicious use of cross-referencing was used to address any weakness in the categorization of the topics.
The sourcebook is not intended to be read from cover-to-cover. The
organization of the book does not imply a sequential order for using the tools
or any relative importance of particular tools. is no cutting edge science or
even new knowledge. The strength of the sourcebook is its ability to simplify
and communicate ideas clearly to a particular audience.