Identifying barriers to the adoption of specific domestic energy strategies - a new assessment tool

Identifying barriers to the adoption of specific domestic energy strategies - a new assessment tool
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Dr Simon Batchelor, Dr Kevin McKemey, Dr O Sakyi Dawson
This article presents the use of a new assessment tool to assist the design of any development or emergency intervention.

The assessment tool is useful in two ways:

* It allows you to find out detailed information in a short time – good for emergencies and where there is no resident anthropologist.
* It is not just one person’s opinion or interpretation of what other people have said, so it identifies accurately what the majority think.

It is called a ‘tool’ because it can be used by a field team, with a small amount of support from a sociologist who helps to get the format of the formal questions correct. It comprises a set of formal questions which depend on the statements made during a general survey. There is always the same structure to find out very precisely about people’s beliefs, values, social influences and behaviour.

This new assessment tool is called the TORA, and in the case study below, it was used to find out the particular beliefs which were stopping people from adopting specific domestic energy strategies within displaced communities in Northern Ghana.

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Identification des barrières à l’adoption de stratégies spécifiques à l’énergie domestique: un nouvel outil d’évaluation rapide.
Abstract in French
Cet article présente un nouvel outil d’évaluation afin de faciliter la conception d’actions en situation d’urgence ou de développement. Les auteurs ont ajouté le “pourquoi” aux questions habituelles “quand”, “comment” et “qui” que l’on trouve dans les enquêtes participatives. Le projet concerne 3 activités (collecte de bois de feu, introduction de foyers améliorés et plantations) considérées comme cruciales dans la gestion du bois de feu au Nord Ghana. Une croyance sous-jacente dans cette région est que Dieu ne va pas les laisser repartir sans avoir collecter leur bois de feu. Ces croyances sont au coeur du comportement des gens à propos de la question du bois de feu et de son environnement. L’outil permet d’aborder les comportements et identifier les messages éducationnels qui pourraient être développés afin d’apporter des réponses aux questions posées.

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