Twenty-nine staff members of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) completed a four-day training in qualitative and quantitative research methods to augment their knowledge and skills in conducting assessment or evaluation of project results. Of particular importance was on the coding of qualitative data such as those generated through focus group discussion in which questions are often open-ended and responses are free-flowing. This step is performed usually to organize the data in preparation for the analysis phase of qualitative research. A review of sampling techniques and methods of data gathering and analysis topped off the rest of the discussion.
The Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PMED) of the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) organized the training and invited other units of the DENR to take part in the learning activity, which was ably facilitated by the trio of Mr. Marco Polo, Dr. Nelda Nacion, and Dr. Nor Cachuela – all faculty members of the De La Salle University in Dasmariñas.
FASPS Director Al Orolfo said that he wanted to intensify collaboration with the academic sector to strengthen the research capabilities of FASPS, encourage publication of evaluation results, promote efficient and responsive knowledge management, and establish FASPS as an innovation hub in the DENR.
Seeing that such partnership would be mutually beneficial for both parties, the academicians disclosed their willingness to work with the DENR and lend expertise whenever and wherever it is needed to support its programs, projects, and activities. (FASPS)