Table 4. Respondentsí assessment of the process characteristics broken out by initiative


Working Groups Advisory Councils p
Items N Mean N Mean value††
Inclusiveness
Stakeholders fairly represent the sectors and interests, which are affected by RBM planning. 129 1.57 (0.57) 42 1.90 (0.66) 0.004
 
Extended engagement
The length of the meetings is sufficient to enable participants to exchange opinions and to discuss their interests, goals, and concerns 129 1.39 (0.63) 42 2.07 (0.87) 0.000
The number of the meetings is sufficient to enable participants to exchange opinions and to discuss their interests, goals, and concerns. 130 1.37 (0.57) 44 2.14 (0.73) 0.000
 
Opportunities for information exchange
The methods employed during the meetings provide the stakeholders with the opportunity to obtain and provide information. 130 1.49 (0.61) 43 2.09 (0.71) 0.000
 
Opportunities for dialog and interaction
The methods employed during the meetings provide the stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss their interests, goals, and concerns. 130 1.62 (0.72) 43 2.16 (0.90) 0.000
 
Process control
I have influence on the selection of agenda items. 128 1.88 (0.91) 42 2.45 (0.77) 0.000
I have influence on the way meetings are run and on the communication and interaction methods that are employed. 127 2.13 (0.88) 41 2.56 (0.78) 0.008
 
Open communication
I believe that participants openly share knowledge and information. 128 1.59 (0.63) 42 2.02 (0.78) 0.001
I believe that participants openly share their concerns, interests, and goals. 127 1.63 (0.64) 44 1.98 (0.66) 0.003
I feel comfortable expressing my opinion. 128 1.26 (0.56) 41 1.66 (0.62) 0.000
I also express my ideas when they differ from the ones expressed by other participants. 128 1.23 (0.43) 41 1.71 (0.68) 0.000
 
Equal participation
I am satisfied with the amount of influence I have in the group meetings. 127 1.66 (0.66) 39 2.38 (0.85) 0.000
My views and concerns are treated seriously by other participants. 128 1.52 (0.57) 41 2.15 (0.69) 0.000
Means based on four-point response scale, ranging from 1 = strongly agree to 4 = strongly disagree, standard deviation in brackets; †† Significant at p < 0.01.