Using collaborative action planning methods to implement a national agricultural tractor safety initiative
methods: Using social networking analysis (SNA), key stakeholders were identified and invited to join a steering committee, which organized and hosted a “Whole System in a Room” (WSR) workshop. During the workshop nearly 50 participants from nine sectors worked in small groups to discuss the past, present, and future of tractor overturn issues, identify common work areas, and make commitments to action.
results:Participants identified six “common ground” areas in which all agreed to work from. These areas included collaboration, structure and implementation, technology, coordinated data collection, education, and fundraising. Regulation was not selected as a work area because of stakeholders’ knowledge of farmer opposition. Participants committed to approximately 100 actions based on these work areas.
conclusions: While a national solution to tractor overturn fatalities has not been possible in the past, a strong coalition has helped to bring this vision to a reality. Since the WSR, coalition members have begun work on commitments and moved toward a national program.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Discuss the use of Social Networking Analysis in identifying leaders for a national coalition. Describe the Whole System in a Room process, and explain how it was used to encourage the development of a national tractor safety program.
Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Partnerships
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an active member of the research team that is implementing the national agricultural tractor safety initiative. I have a master's degree in organization development and extensive prior experience in applying collaborative action planning methodologies to address community issues. One of my primary research interests is the use of community-driven, collaborative models to improve the occupational health of farming, fishing , and logging workers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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