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Socio-Economic Evaluation (SEE)
Sub-Program


Purpose:

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.

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Original Sub-Program Description

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Implementation:

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 practices.

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

 


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Created: 04-10-1996
Last Updated: Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:00:19 AM