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OBBNOntario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (Canada)
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Responses to another set of questions characterized reasons for participating in the OBBN. All respondents indicated "assessing or managing ecological condition" as an important motive of Network participation; however, all of the following motives were at least somewhat important to the majority of participants: research; meeting others; evaluating water-management-program performance; guiding rehabilitative, restorative or enforcement efforts; assessing or managing biodiversity; and training or education.
Questions about OBBN members' socio-economic status and demography revealed an approximately even mix of 58% men and 42% women among respondents.
When asked to select the category from Table 2 that best described participant/founding-government-partner relationships in the OBBN, 88% of respondents categorized them as either "partnerships" or "collaborations" (n=32).
We found an even split between those who thought their return from the OBBN exceeded their investment, those who thought their investment equaled their return, and those who thought their investment exceeded their return (n=34).
When asked to indicate their level of agreement with a set of statements about the OBBN, participants agreed most strongly that the OBBN is "credible" (89% agreed; n=38), "relevant" (97% agreed; n=39), "legitimate" (91% agreed; n=35), "inclusive" (86% agreed; n=37), and that "participants are engaged in monitoring that supports their own mandates" (92% agreed; n=39).
Most respondents agreed with the following claims about OBBN implementation: that the OBBN has removed barriers to participation (71% agreed; n=34), that the OBBN has improved the effectiveness (86% agreed; n=35) and efficiency (85% agreed; n=34) of benthos biomonitoring, that methods have struck a reasonable balance between standardization and flexibility (78% agreed; n=37), and that the OBBN is cost effective (73% agreed; n=33).
Most participants indicated that they were either "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the following OBBN products: Protocol Manual (100% of respondents; n=35), training (90% of respondents; n=31), certification (85% of respondents; n=27), and applied research (100% of respondents; n=19).
When asked open-ended questions about how the OBBN could be "changed to improve (the respondent's) satisfaction," participants made several recommendations: they called for greater attention to completing Network components (especially the database and analytical software), better integration with the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network, improved training, and increased funding.
Our Questionnaire permitted us to investigate OBBN influences on social capital at two different scales: impacts on respondents' personal social networks, and impacts on the collective OBBN social network.
Thirty-five percent of respondents reported that OBBN involvement had increased the influence (or impact) of their personal social network (n=34), and 81% perceived a general increase in participants' influence (or impact) that followed their joining the Network (n=31).
Forty-one percent of respondents reported that their participation in civic environmental activities had increased since joining the OBBN (n=39).
Our Questionnaire provided particularly strong evidence of OBBN-related increases in participants' knowledge: 82% of respondents rated their increase in biomonitoring-related knowledge since joining the OBBN as either a 3, 4, or 5 on a five-point ordinal scale, on which 1 indicated "no increase" and 5 indicated "dramatic increase" (n=39).