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Evaluation of the Who Cares about the Environment? research project (1994-2012) Agr # OEH-794-2013

Project Member(s): Ryan, R.

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage)
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage)

Start year: 2014

Summary: Since its inception in 1994, Who cares about the Environment? has developed into an influential body of social research that has regularly measured environmental attitudes, values and behaviours across the New South Wales population. Our evaluation of this significant longitudinal survey incorporated a mixed method approach including a literature review; survey of 250 users of the social research outputs; interviews with 60 internal and external stakeholders; a technical review of the survey methodology; and 3 in-depth case studies of program and industry sectors. The project's objectives were to deliver an evaluation of the research program¿s value and impact to a broad range of government, non-government and industry stakeholders; give an assessment of its alignment with the strategic requirements of the Office of Environment and Heritage; and provide recommendations for increasing its usefulness and cost effectiveness into the future. A part of this project will also be collecting information about the Department's social research needs.

Publications:

Hunting, SA, Ryan, R & Hastings, C 2014, Evaluation of Who cares about the environment? research series, Australia.

Keywords: Environment, social research, qualitative, quantitative, social policy, government, stakeholder analysis, mixed method, attitudinal research, behavioural research, evaluation

FOR Codes: Environment Policy, Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified