Carry out permaculture field research

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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
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Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Scope permaculture field research

1.1 Identify challenges and opportunities in permaculture projects or systems that elicit research questions

1.2 Identify and justify the purpose of field research

1.3 Define and justify field research topic, question or hypothesis

1.4 Assess suitability of field research subject in relation to permaculture principles, practices and ethics

2. Design permaculture field research

2.1 Design field research plan

2.2 Identify relevant information sources and review relevant and credible literature related to the research topic

2.3 Determine appropriate research methods for data collection

2.4 Identify reference groups for field research, if applicable

2.5 Locate field research sites according to design requirements

2.6 Identify site factors where appropriate and incorporate into research

2.7 Create a budget for field research plan

2.8 Identify and obtain approvals and permits required

3. Prepare to conduct field research

3.1 Identify work health and safety hazards associated with the implementation of field research

3.2 Identify and document social and environmental implications associated with field research

3.3 Identify materials, tools, equipment and machinery required for field research, confirm cost and availability with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel

3.4 Establish and prepare field work sites for implementation of field research using the specifications of the field work design

3.5 Organise access to field research subjects at times and places suitable for data collection

4. Conduct field research

4.1 Undertake data collection throughout the course of field research according to the specifications of research design plan and chosen methodologies

4.2 Monitor field research for accuracy and compliance to research design

4.3 Record all research data accurately using the specifications of the research design

5. Assess practical application of research outcomes

5.1 Analyse research data for categories, themes, trends, patterns and significant information

5.2 Create quantitative and qualitative records of research data analysis

5.3 Synthesise research findings and draw conclusions based on evidence and reasoned arguments

5.4 Assess the meaning of research outcomes for practical application, based on conclusions drawn from the field research

6. Report field research findings

6.1 Determine desired actions from field research

6.2 Determine target audience for field research reporting

6.3 Draft research report and obtain feedback

6.4 Publish and circulate field research report