Ready, set, go! using the 'community-readiness' method to engage social networks for sustainable natural resource management in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin

Grasby, D. and Zammit, C. and Pretty, G. and Bramston, P. (2005) Ready, set, go! using the 'community-readiness' method to engage social networks for sustainable natural resource management in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin. In: International Conference on Engaging Communities, 14-17 Aug 2005, Brisbane, Australia.

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The notion of ‘social capital’ has been the subject of considerable academic and general discussion since the concept was revived by Coleman, Putnam and others in the 1980s. The extent and efficacy of social networks are, it is argued, a crucial aspect of social capital. For the purpose of this study, it is the networks comprising natural resource management (NRM) systems that are the focus of attention. Research, using a methodology derived from the ‘community-readiness model’, has sought to examine the extent to which members of NRM groups engage in, and make use of, formal and informal social networks in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin region.
The ‘community readiness model’ is based on the premise that processes of an organisation are partly determined by its stage of development, or readiness, for accepting and implementing change. This ‘readiness’ is thought to be a major factor in determining whether or not an initiative is sufficiently supported and effectively implemented by an organisation, and whether organisations within a community are adequately developed to enable effective cooperation, mutual support and engagement.
In the context of the study undertaken, networks are primarily formed for the purpose of enhancing natural resource management. However, research indicates that they also serve a range of unintended ‘informal’ purposes that increase the level of ‘social capital’ within communities. This paper argues that the use of the community readiness model to examine social networks and social capital is an effective means of facilitating engagement and fostering beneficial change within communities.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 01:29
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: social capital; community networks; community readiness model
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services

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