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 by Ma. Victoria Stephane G. Asio and Madel E. Magat

Strengthening technology transfer modalities (TTM) in the agriculture, aquatic, and natural resource (AANR) sector is the general aim of an ongoing project under the Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies (CSPPS) of CPAf.

Titled "Assessment of the Performance, Reach, and Outcomes of the TTMs in the AANR," the project is tasked to analyze technology transfer projects or programs (TTPs) in terms of performance, reach, and outcomes. These TTPs are implemented by the Technology Transfer and Promotion Division (TTPD) of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and by other organizations.

According to Project Leader and CSPPS Director Dr. Merlyne M. Paunlagui, the assessment  intends to find out which of the 92 TTPs can be categorized as TTM, which is defined in this project as an established and tested technology transfer method or framework resulting from TTP upscaling. Once the TTPs are classified as TTMs, the project team will analyze their common strategies and approaches. This will help in identifying the factors that contributed to the success of TTM implementation.

The 92 TTPs included in this study were selected from eight regions in Luzon (I, II, CAR, III, NCR, IV-A, IV-B, and V), three in Visayas (VI, VII, and VIII), and five in Mindanao (IX, X, XI, XII, and BARMM) through a desk review of projects implemented by TTPD, as well as those reported in previous studies, and those published in AANR conference proceedings.

Forty-three TTPs have already been covered through key informant interviews and focus group discussions with project implementers and beneficiaries. Online and phone interviews with other TTPs are currently being done.

Preliminary analysis shows that the factors contributing to TTM sustainability include institutionalization with local government unit partners, conduct of systematic monitoring and evaluation activities, strengthened partnerships with various organizations and agencies, and use of a holistic approach wherein both social and technical aspects are incorporated in modality design.

"Results will be used to generate policy recommendations that may guide funding agencies, such as DOST-PCAARRD, and other stakeholders, for a successful and sustained implementation of TTMs," Dr. Paunlagui said.

Funded by DOST-PCAARRD, the project started in August 2019 and is expected to be completed in January 2021. The project team members include CSPPS researchers Karen S. Janiya, Dhanicca Amor M. Domingo, Marriz M. Mojado, and Dr. Eileen Lorena M. Mamino. Meanwhile, Ma. Victoria Stephane G. Asio and Madel E. Magat serve as project staff.

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