An evaluation model for international short-term training programs in small-scale fisheries Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to propose a model for evaluating international short-term training programs in small-scale fisheries. The study focused on providing useful information to decision-makers of the program funding agency and the training program operator. The proposed evaluation model could also prove useful for other technically-oriented short-term training programs and similar development activities within the international development sector. Program evaluation methodologies currently employed in international development programs and projects are ill-suited for use on small-scale fisheries training programs. Furthermore, current practices do not differentiate between program accountability evaluation and program improvement evaluation, on the one hand, and program planning on the other. Evaluation of small-scale fisheries training programs is oriented toward the qualitative and quantitative variables of program accountability and program improvement. Program accountability is concerned with whether or not the training program, training project or training component should be continued in its current form. The evaluative questions posed in program accountability are globally-oriented, whereas the program improvement questions posed range from project specific to unit specificity. The information acquired through program accountability evaluation passes onto program improvement evaluation for further delineation, if required. However, information on ameliorating any discrepancy is not within the scope of the particular program improvement inquiry. Such programmatic changes require specific planning and structuring decision-alternatives available only through program planning. Program planning evaluation is concerned with information required by proposers of future training programs or projects. The needed information is derived from the proposals and reports of program accountability evaluation and program improvement evaluation. Three recommendations are made to decision-makers of the program operators and the government agencies and international assistance organizations which disburse funds for internationally-oriented short-term training programs in small-scale fisheries: 1) Be cognizant of the separateness between program evaluation and program planning and acutely aware when the training project, training component or training unit is either within the parameters or in transition between program accountability evaluation, program improvement evaluation or program planning evaluation. 2) Conduct further research into the efficacy of the program environment and it's socioeconomic, socio-political and cross-cultural effects upon small-scale fisheries training programs within the international development sector. 3) Proceed with the installation of the proposed decision-alternative evaluation model into program evaluation strategies and specific project guidelines for application toward small-scale fisheries and other short-term technically-oriented training programs, projects and similar development activities in the international development sector.
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