Evaluating Capacity for
In the early 1980s, the international agricultural research community recognized the need to develop and apply new research and development approaches, participatory research in particular, to the needs of marginalized farming groups. Because rootcrops are often associated with resource-poor farming households in the Philippines, the Northern Philippines Rootcrops Research and Training Center (NPRCRTC or the Rootcrops Center) identified participatory research as a relevant and essential capacity for the successful implementation of its mission and objectives. It developed its capacity to undertake participatory research through training of staff, the acquisition and use of publications and small grantfunded projects, which enabled the staff to learn by doing.
While it has a long history of partnership with the Rootcrops Center, the major intervention of the International Potato Center (CIP) for developing participatory research capacities was formalized via the Users’ Perspectives With Agricultural Research and Development (UPWARD), a network that promotes the use of participatory research. The Rootcrops Center-UPWARD partnership, which was formally launched in 1990, was founded on a shared interest in rootcrops as a priority focus for research as a potential means to achieve the target outcomes of rootcrop research.
For additional information about
the evaluation study, see:
Campilan, D., J. Perez, J. Sim and R.
Boncodin. 2003. Evaluating
Organizational Capacity in
Participatory Research: The Case of
a Rootcrops Center in the
Philippines. In: From Cultivators to
Consumers, Participatory Research
With Various User Groups. Los Baños,
Laguna, Philippines. pp 215–225.
This paper discusses the experience and learnings of the Rootcrops Center and UPWARD in evaluating capacity development based on their 12-year partnership.