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Producing Usable Science: Testing the Effectiveness of Stakeholder Engagement in Climate Research

Testing the Effectiveness of Collaborative Climate and Drought Research Through Structured Stakeholder Collaboration
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Alison Meadow


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As resource managers, policy makers, and citizens grapple with the effects of climate change, the demand for more usable or “actionable” science has increased. One promising approach to developing scientific information that can be easily and readily applied to management and policy decisions is to have scientists and decision makers work together to produce information. This approach, often referred to as the “co-production of knowledge”, integrates the background, experience, and know-how of each group to develop the scientific information that will be most useful to society. This project will test an approach to knowledge co-production by introducing a trained social scientist to a co-produced drought-related research project. [...]

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Principal Investigator :
Alison Meadow
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Cooperator/Partner :
Marie-Blanche Roudaut
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program

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“Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, ID during 2015 drought - Credit: Ryan Smith, USGS”
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valueCollaborative research approaches and co-production of knowledge show promise as ways to produce more usable science because they tend to increase decision makers’ trust in the information and tend to produce information better-suited to the decision-making environment. However, we lack sufficient information about specific practices, strategies and actions that are most effective and efficient in promoting co-production of climate science knowledge and/or producing actionable climate science knowledge. We propose to conduct quasi-experimental research in which we compare the processes, outcomes, and impacts of a deliberately co-produced drought/climate research project with other drought/climate projects using varying approaches to stakeholder engagement. We will use social science and evaluation research methods such as ethnographic document analysis, interviews, and participant observation to facilitate the co-production of one project and assess the process, outcomes, and impacts of comparable control projects. Results from this project will be relevant to investigators and leaders within the CSC network and other organizations seeking to produce usable climate science. Results will be shared via webinars, user-friendly summaries, and in small-group workshops to provide network members with a variety of choices for interacting with and exploring the findings. The PI has extensive experience studying the process of co-production of knowledge and in facilitating collaborative research aimed at producing actionable climate change adaptation science.

Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, ID during 2015 drought - Credit: Ryan Smith, USGS
Lightning Creek at Clark Fork, ID during 2015 drought - Credit: Ryan Smith, USGS


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  • National CASC
  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers



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