Evaluating the Delivery of Environmental Governance using an Evidence-based Research Design (EDGE)
Does participation in environmental governance benefit the environment? Given the still scattered and ambiguous findings, EDGE aims to produce reliable and valid evidence on whether and under what conditions participation actually improves policy delivery in environmental governance.
Based on one coherent analytical framework (→ SCAPE), EDGE uses an evidence-based approach, combining primary research (comparative case studies, natural experimentation) with secondary (meta-analysis of previously published case studies – case survey).
Currently, published case studies from Europe and North America are reviewed and systematically compared, employing and further developing the case survey method. A sample of several hundreds of cases will be precisely coded based on a theoretical framework that provides context, process and outcome variables. To our knowledge, EDGE will produce the hitherto largest and most rigorous case survey in governance research.
We conduct original case study research the area of water governance as a key area of environmental governance in which participation is explicitly encouraged. The implementation of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) of 2000 and of the EU Floods Directive of 2007 provides a unique opportunity to assess completed governance processes and their outcomes (2001–2009) as well as upcoming governance processes (2013–2015), the latter via field experimentation or a natural experiment.
The combination of case survey, comparative case studies and field/natural experimentation will give the unique opportunity to stringently compare and assess these innovative methods of social enquiry under a single analytical framework.
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