Socio-Economic Evaluation (SEE)
As stated in the SWEEP Agreement:
"... the Minister of Agriculture will support analysis of the social
and psychological factors involved in adoption of soil management and soil
conservation practices, and the study of the potential of various institutional
mechanisms to encourage the adoption of conservation practices to reduce
soil erosion and degradation. Evaluation studies to determine why farmers
adopt or not adopt conservation technologies and what incentives would most
effectively encourage them to do so will also be supported."
Studies were funded to examine the impact of current programs on the
adoption of conservation technologies, and how these programs could be improved.
Original Sub-Program Description
Federal component funds are to support analysis of social and psychological
factors involved in adoption of soil management and soil conservation
practices and study the potential of various institutional mechanisms
to encourage adoption of conservation practices which will reduce soil
erosion and degradation.
Will support evaluation studies to determine why farmers adopt or do
not adopt conservation technologies and what incentives would most effectively
encourage them to do so.
Under the socio-economic evaluation component research proposals were
initially invited from graduate students and their professors on topic areas
related to the social and economic factors related to the adoption of conservation
Due to the stance of the Canadian Association of University Research
Administrators in 1989, that a 65% overhead charge be assessed on each contract,
the intent and implementation of the program was reviewed. After due consideration
it was deemed that the payment of this charge would be inappropriate. Therefore,
the final two studies were tendered with the private sector. In 1991 because
of other financial requirements within the SWEEP program, the socio-economic
evaluation component was closed.
Responsibility: Federal Government, Agriculture Development
Branch; Implemented by contract
Budget: $750,000 (SEE + TAP)
- $598,200 ($384,700, TAP; $213,500, SEE)
Contractors: University of Guelph and others
Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:00:19 AM