IPPS in last year
IPPS in 2018

  • Rationales

  • Background/facts

          IPPS focal point for 2018 was on civic/political education programs. We held four programs to educate our participants on two focus groups; university students and the general public. Each program has different objectives within one single goal; political culture advocacy to develop and promote decent political participation of non-violence and strengthen civic potentiality responsibility in compliance with political reform national agenda.

  • Objectives:

  • Development Objectives

    a. Long Future:
    1. To identify important political, social and economic subjects and potentials conflict.
    2. To process political information and to provide analyses and assistance to decision-making for the target group of opinion-leaders and decision-makers in politics and society.

    b. Sustainability:
    1. To support political dialogue between politicians, bureaucracy, local administrations, universities, democratic activist groups, non-governmental organizations and the mass media.

    Immediate Objectives

    a. Short Future:
    1. To foster participatory democracy through various activities; seminars, research, publications and other media.

    b. Quick Responses:
      To promote and enhance understanding democracy in regards to the Constitution.
    1. To promote political awareness and participatory democracy in public sector and civil society.
    2. To enhance studies/research and discussion on importance public policy issues.

    c. Prefer Concrete Effects:
      To fostering civic education by organizing public seminars, develop research, publications and other media in the content of political reform and decentralization.



  • Outputs:

  • Measurable Results (Please see attached table of programs output in appendix.)

    a. Products:
    1. In 2018, IPPS produced a total of 18 products/activities and they were divided into 10 events and 8 media.
    2. The 10 events were participated by a total of 1,699 attendants. The events were accomplished by 89 speakers and staffs. The speakers names were listing in the attachment.
    3. The 10 events were grouped in four main programs; each program developed to address different target groups and used different activities to suit each. They were:

    The four programs and sub-programs were:
    1. An Annual meeting and political discussion on Frequently Mentioned DEMOCRACY: What Does It Really Mean? (BM-IPPS-18-001) was held on 30 January 2018 with IPPSs network and scholars. Objectives were to provide an exclusive forum for the selected group of academics, officials, politicians and active citizens to exchange views and ideas for a debate on political education in Thailand and inform on IPPSs 2018 programs. We had 45 participants and one fourth were first-timers. The Socrates Dialogue method was used by one speaker and the other, lecture. Pre and post-test questionnaires were given out to find accomplishment of the event and though some misconceptions on attitudes, values and understanding on DEMOCRACY decreased significantly and insignificantly in many aspects, a few remained, in a minimum level. The speakers presented many ideas on political curriculum, alternative education and home schooling, life-long political learning, teachers role in classes, and encouraging discussion in schools and civil society.
    2. Seven seminar workshops were held under similar topic on Political Education for Political Culture Development on 24-25 February 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-002), 17-18 March 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-003), 11-12 May 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-004), 26 May 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-005), 16 June 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-006), 29 June 2018 (BM-IPPS-18-007) and 21 August 2018 (BM-IPPS-008). They covered seven provinces in northern, northeastern, central and southern regions. Target groups were the university students, business sector, scholars, community leaders, media and NGOs. Objectives of the program were 1.) To provide knowledge and understanding on the importance of political culture in the democratic society, 2.) To stimulate resourceful political participation among Thai citizens, and 3.) To instill awareness on citizenship responsibilities.

      Political culture is new to Thai society due to the majority still adhering to the idea of ruler and subjects. Eight decades of democracy was frequently interrupted with coup détat and this prevented the development of political culture. Through this program, we are able to show that political culture should start in home and school, not in parliament. Political culture is not only election or administration but it encompasses peoples life in various dimensions; ability to consider, righteousness, participation, responsibility, contribution, tolerance, self-reliance, monitoring and enquiring etc. We found that while some participants have negative attitudes on Thai social values, they have good understanding on democratic cultures. What they need is some stimulation to rethink and opportunity to socialize with people with similar concepts so political culture would be strengthening into citizenship culture, into way-of-life for everyone.
    3. A seminar on Strategy for Democratic Political Culture Development in Thai Society (BM-IPPS-18-009) was held on 28 November 2018 to provide public forum for active citizens to exchange views and discuss on how to build up democratic political into Thai context. A general election is anticipating in February 2019 and the seminar objectives were to 1.) To provide academic forum for exchange views and discussion on how to build democratic culture in the Thai context.2.) To assimilate ideas and practices for political education in the democratic society, and 3.) To provoke awareness on civil society political participation.
    4. A seminar on A Symposium on Waterway Conservation and Seminar on Strengthening Community Network for Ongoing Development(BM-IPPS-18-010) was held on 22 September 2018 with cooperation with the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).


          NIDA first launched Pracha Ruamchai program in 2003 to address water pollution problem in San Saep canal. Activities focused on canal revitalization, promoting households and communities waste water treatment tools. Its annual symposium was jointly co-organized by IPPS since 2014. Both parties reached a consensus that civic awareness must be promoted, instilled and strengthened to build sustainability of the program. Other state agencies were invited to participate as speakers, demonstrators or exhibitors in the symposiums and in 2015. Prayut government launched the Pracharat Policy to promote public-private-civic cooperation. The 2018 event reached another milestone due to the Armed Forces Development Command joined in. The program was annually evaluated through questionnaires and we have a good achievement this year in regards to household waste sorting. Among 960 participants, 87.29 percent is separating domestic solid waste into organic and inorganic. 66.15 percent went further into reusing organic waste into composting, fermenting bio-extract or feeding live stocks.

    The 5 media/publications were:
    • A media Civic Education on YouTube (IB-IPPS-18-001)
    • A research on Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society (IB-IPPS-18-002) by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.
    • A publication on Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society ( IB-IPPS-18-003) by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.
    • Monthly newsletters and Webpage www.fpps.or.th : publication. (IB-IPPS-18-004). Besides monthly activities and news summary three E-books were published in our website.
    • Three E-books (IB-IPPS-18-005) on:
      1. State and Society: Three-dimensional State in Siams Plural Society (Third edition) by Chai-Anan Samudavanija.
      2. Thai Sate (Third edition) by Chai-Anan Samudavanija.
      3. Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.


  • Activities:

  •       IPPS 15 products fall into these following activities:
    1. 1 Symposium- Seminar on A Symposium on Waterway Conservation and Seminar on Strengthening Community Network for Ongoing Development(BM-IPPS-18-010)
    2. 7 seminar- workshops Political Education for Political Culture Development (BM-IPPS-18-002, BM-IPPS-18-003, BM-IPPS-18-004, BM-IPPS-18-005, BM-IPPS-18-006, BM-IPPS-18-007 and BM-IPPS-008).
    3. A seminar Strategy for Democratic Political Culture Development in Thai Society (BM-IPPS-18-009)
    4. A seminar on A Symposium on Waterway Conservation and Seminar on Strengthening Community Network for Ongoing Development(BM-IPPS-18-010)
      1. A media Civic Education on YouTube (IB-IPPS-18-001)
      2. A research on Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society (IB-IPPS-18-002) by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.
      3. A publication on Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society (IB-IPPS-18-003) by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.
      4. Monthly newsletters and Webpage www.fpps.or.th : publication. ( IB-IPPS-18-004). Besides monthly activities and news summary three E-books were published in our website.
      5. Three E-books (IB-IPPS-18-005) on:
        • State and Society: Three-dimensional State in Siams Plural Society (Third edition) by Chai-Anan Samudavanija.
        • Thai Sate (Third edition) by Chai-Anan Samudavanija.
        • Education for Leadership Development in Democratic Society by Dr. Vichai Tunsiri.


    5. Inputs:
            Inputs were made from IPPS, researchers, speakers and agency partner. The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) was our main partner in 2016.


    6. Indicators:
      1. Every event was carefully evaluated from questionnaires distributed to all participants. Assessment was on the speakers performance, usefulness of the activity, sharing of opinions etc. We asked the participants to rate their satisfaction in five ratings; very much, much, intermediate, little and very little. Other questions were added as appropriate. There was a blank space for further recommendation.
      2. More than 90% of the questionnaires were returned and some with additional written comments and recommendations. They were evaluated by the staffs for future improvements.


    7. Means of Verification:
            We anticipated 75% of the participants of each event would be pleased with the activities and the results were individually reported in the monthly report. However, it should be noted that every event received more than 80 % of satisfaction.

    8. Deviations:
            BM-IPPS-18-009 changed from workshop to seminar method to suit the invited target groups.

    9. Improvements:
            During those years, IPPS has improved our activities through evaluations from the participants feedback from questionnaires delivered after every event ended. They were reflections of our programs. In 2018, the events were grouped in fewer topics and though each topic was held with similar target groups, they were held in different regions/provinces. In doing so, we were able to improve our programs as well as observe similarities and differences between participants of different inhabitation.
     


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