By D. Horton
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After a mid-term review workshop, the Institute's staff will practice the project approach and methods and use them to identify how to improve capacity development efforts in the future, at both project and organization level. org/ecd). The site includes the original project document, various workshop reports and progress reports. The website also contains a reference list with links to many references listed in this book, and links to other websites concerned with capacity development and its evaluation.
Environmental factors (such as the policy and funding environment, organizational autonomy, and natural disasters) and motivational factors (such as organizational change and reorganization, staff homogeneity, and external recognition) influenced the Center's capacity development and performance in participatory research in both positive and negative ways. Research conducted on home gardens helped the Center contribute significantly to the public- and private-sector response to food shortages in Baguio City resulting from the 1991 earthquake.
The study concluded that the Center's capacity could be further improved if activities were more centered around its needs and priorities, if management and strategic skills were considered, and a stronger monitoring and evaluation system was put in place. IPGRI and GRENEWECA also need to develop their capacities to perform their goals as capacity development agents more effectively. The evaluation study was utilized by all participating organizations. In particular, the study report fed into other reviews of IPGRI's activities in Africa and the findings were incorporated into the development of IPGRI's new five-year strategic plan for its capacity development activities.