Table 3. Research agenda for pilot projects
| Research topic
|| Research Question (examples)
| Applicability of the findings
on pilot projects to natural resource management in general
|| Does the suggested conceptual framework (characteristics,
use functions and diffusion) apply to natural resource
management fields other than water?
| Empirical testing of the validity
and completeness of the conceptual framework
What relationships exist between pilot project characteristics,
their uses and their diffusion?
How useful is the conceptual framework in assessing
and analyzing particular pilot projects from a research
How useful is the pilot project Nonagon as a management tool
in pilot projects?
Which factors are critical in determining the pilot
project process and its effects?
How can pilot projects and diffusion strategies be designed
and adapted to increase effectiveness?
| Effects of pilot projects
What type of effects can pilot projects have?
How do pilot projects diffuse into standard water policy?
How does knowledge development in a pilot contribute
to its diffusion?
| Pilot project dynamics
What are the underlying causes and mechanisms determining
the course of the process of pilot project development from the
initial idea to its termination?