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Research Report

Project Guide and Methods Training Manual

Ashwin Ravikumar
Martin Kijazi
Anne M Larson
Laura Kowler
Dawn Rodriguez
Carol Burga
Jazmín Gonzales Tovar
Rodd Myers
Anna Sanders
Anastasia Yang
Copyright Date: Jan. 1, 2015
Pages: 19
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep02151
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 1-1)

    This document provides a broad outline of CIFOR’s research on Multilevel Governance (MLG) under project funding associated with Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The document outlines the key research objectives and methods. Much of the theoretical basis for this research is described by the literature review included as part of this package. The aim of this research is to answer several key questions concerning MLG institutions and land use decisions at the landscape scale, carbon emissions management, and benefit sharing related to different land use changes, including REDD+ initiatives. Studying the research agenda that is outlined in this...

  2. (pp. 2-3)

    This section defines several key terms that are the focus of this research. As research on multilevel governance and land use is, as of 2014, rather exploratory, some of these definitions may change over time. Relatedly, the questions that are most salient for multilevel governance research are likely to evolve.

    Multilevel governance (MLG) refers to who makes decisions and how decisions are made by actors operating at multiple levels and scales. Emerson et al. (2012) define MLG broadly as the “processes and structures of public policy, decision-making and management that engage people constructively across the boundaries of public agencies, levels...

  3. (pp. 4-8)

    This research was conceived as part of CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+, which began in 2009. The research originally consisted of three research modules, focusing on (1) national REDD+ governance, (2) sub-national REDD+ initiatives including challenges to implementation and livelihoods impacts of projects, and (3) reference levels setting and monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV). As the first phase of research came to a close and the second phase was being designed, CIFOR researchers realized that there was an important research gap that needed to be filled: the interactions among the array of actors and institutions from the national level...

  4. (pp. 9-14)

    The goal of this approach is to permit research that is both exploratory – that is, compatible with grounded theory and capable of allowing respondents and stakeholders to define key themes and generate questions, rather than imposing rigid hypotheses from the beginning of the research – and also global and comparative, amenable to meaningful comparisons across contexts. Achieving both of these aims is methodologically challenging. To accomplish this, we utilize a comparative case study approach; the particular definitions of the terms ‘site’ and ‘case’ are important to understand.

    Research sites are defined as specific, well defined areas, with a particular...