→ And what now?
Clarify the background, legal situation, maybe financial aspects.
If you haven’t already read the introductions to bottom-up and top-down project structures and communication problems we suggest you follow these links and do so now, this will give you a basic understanding on the driving forces behind communication problems.
Navigating Policy and legislation: the gap between legalities and practical implementation
When undergoing your project there are various legal frameworks and regulations to abide by, this varies depending on the nature of your project, and identifying and complying with these is a challenge in itself. Much like the scientific cultural and language barrier outlined in step 3, there is a gap between the policy making and administrative community and other stakeholder groups.
This gap is often characterized by misunderstandings and a lack of understanding of farmers perspectives, reasoning and needs by policy makers and vice-versa. It is also possible that although one party may feel that their perspectives and needs are misunderstood, this is not the case, and this can result in just as many problems as the first condition.
Many of the problems with the professional relationships between policy-makers and administrators can once again be put down to professional cultural differences.
Policy, legislation and regulations can be a minefield to navigate, with the amount of administration and paperwork involved posing a major challenge and high workload. Unfortunately this is a necessary evil, but there are various ways of making the process easier which are outlined below in communication solutions.
To make matters worse, the information provided is often in the language set aside for policy and administration, making it hard to access and understand, once again a result of the differences between professions.
Finally, keep in mind that policy and legislation is put in place to serve a purpose. There may even be monetary incentives put in place that could benefit your project and lack of general awareness may mean these incentives are not being used.
For more information on:
→ Link to level 3 information; thesis chapters 4.3.5 pg 72-76, appendix table 1. pgs 36-38)
Building good relationships through:
Raising your own awareness through: