Category Archives: evaluation

The wonders of self-ethnographic tools

“We do not learn from experience… We learn from reflecting on experience.” (John Dewey) The strength of participatory action research (PAR) is that the role of the researcher includes being a facilitator of change. PAR seeks to understand the world while trying to change it, collaboratively and reflectively. In this blog, I briefly explore some [...]

Energy cultures: re-thinking how we evaluate behaviour change?

Drawing distinctions between ‘change in attitude’, ‘change in behaviour’ and ‘one-off material change’ may miss out important pieces of the overall picture. The Energy Cultures team at CSAFE, have developed an ‘Energy Cultures Framework’. This framework brings together Cognitive norms (including attitudes), Practices (behaviour) and Material Culture, and suggests that these elements can all be interlinked and reinforce one another…

What a Catch!

Last week a few of us helped out at the launch events for Catchbox in Chichester and Brighton. It was great to see so many local residents, fishers, local community and food group members, and journalists/writers come out to support the project. At both events the interest and excitement in making such a scheme work [...]

Nudging behaviour change with reward and recognition

A few weeks ago I spoke at CIWM‘s London & Southern Counties Centre Open Meeting on Reward & Recognition – Encouraging personal resource management. The line-up of speakers was quite impressive, including several local authorities piloting different schemes (under Defra’s Reward and Recognition Fund which we are evaluating) as well as Nectar, London Green Points [...]

Prevention at source

The week commencing November 19th is European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR); perhaps not as appealing as London Fashion Week to the masses but worth a tout nonetheless. The aim of this pan-European initiative is “to raise awareness more specifically on the act of preventing the production of waste prior to waste collection.” Promoters claim [...]