The University of Alberta’s Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) invites you to “CED Tools: A Prototype as Applied Research”, a free public lecture (abstract below) by Dr. Bill Ashton, Director, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University on March 7, 2013 from 12 PM – 1 PM in the General Service Building 5-50.Refreshments will be provided. For more details please contact the ACSRC email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 780-679-1672
CED Tools: A Prototype as Applied Research
Bill Ashton, PhD
Director, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University
Central to applied research is involvement of stakeholders to define the issue matched with a method and a genuine interest to invest in influencing practice and public policy. Rural Development Institute was 18 months into a 24 month project with 100s of CED tools favoured by practitioners and development agencies. Then it happened! They wanted change. Their continued participation was now contingent on a different deliverable – not a report but a product with immediate utility. A rapid proto-type approach led to ChoiceMatrix – a web based response and a promising future reaching a range of practitioners and adding more tools. This presentation takes you inside a project to give you a unique glimpse of applied research in action.