Collaboration, Engagement and Integration
Emerging Opportunities projects bring together the diverse expertise and inclusive engagement needed at key decision points to advance sustainability. The following resources are intended to assist teams in designing and implementing effective collaboration and engagement.
- U-M Principles for Community and Civic Engagement A wide range of implementation and practice guidelines developed through the Council for Civic Engagement - the Provost’s Office council that serves as a University-wide platform for discussion of civic engagement in scholarship and learning.
- Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change Learn principles and strategies for engaging with U.S.-based and global communities through partnerships, research, service, and learning through this massive open online course. The course is designed to benefit students, faculty, staff, and volunteers outside the university who want to work more effectively with community organizations.
- A Dialogue not a Diatribe: Effective Integration of Science and Policy through Joint Fact Finding Herman et al., 2007, Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
- Diverse Perceptions of Stakeholder Engagement within an Environmental Modeling Research Team Allen et al. 2013, Journal of Enviromental Studies and Science
- Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science This 2015 National Research Council report summarizes the available research on team science and provides recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research
Action-Oriented Team Science
- Integration and Implementation Insights (i2insights) The i2insights blog provides research resources for action-oriented team science addressing complex social and environmental problems.
- Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) The National Science Foundation-funded National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. By co-developing research questions with those who apply scholarly knowledge, the resulting scholarship can inform decision makers.
- Practices for facilitating interdisciplinary synthetic research: the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Palmer et al. 2016, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Toolkits & Guides
- Eight Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity This document summarizes a series published in the scientific journal GAIA highlighting existing compilations of methods useful for transdisciplinary research. The toolkits cover the following topics: transdisciplinary research in general, collaboration, knowledge synthesis, thinking systematically, and making change happen.
- NERRA Collaborative Project Toolkit Developed to support collaborative cross-disciplinary research approaches that National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) use to manage coastal and estuarine environments, this online toolkit offers best practices, case studies, templates, and other resources applicable to any large team working on complex issues that span disciplines and engage with a wide range of partners. The toolkit covers the entire project lifecycle including planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Collective Advice for Advancing Collaborative Research Prepared by Julia Wondolleck (U-M SEAS), this guide serves as a resource for those interested in developing end user-driven collaborative research projects at the National Estuarine Research Reserves and beyond.
- Characterizing end users and stakeholders Developed by the NOAA-funded Science Collaborative to assist investigators applying for a separate funding opportunity for integrated assessments involving the National Estuarine Research Reserves, this worksheet may still be helpful for characterizing engaged partners (i.e., end users) and stakeholders for Emerging Opportunities projects.
- The American Evaluation Association website offers an extensive list of online evaluation resources
- The Western Michigan University Evaluation Center provides high-quality checklists targeted to specific evaluation tasks
- Integrated Assessment Guide This 23-page guide focuses on the IA methodology, but many of the ideas around integrating multiple disciplines and engaging stakeholders are generally applicable to other approaches
- “Benefits of Using Integrated Assessment to Address Sustainability Challenges” Lund et al. 2011, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
- "Benefits of Integrated Assessment" Full report on the benefits of IA
- Integrated Assessment Evaluation Guide
- SEAD provides web-based data services to meet the needs of sustainability science researchers.
- Research Data Services is a network of services throughout the U-M Library to assist you during all phases of the research data lifecycle.
- Where to publish? Journals for research integration and implementation concepts, methods and processes Gabrielle Bammer, Integration and Implementation Insights
Communication & Media Tips
- U-M Faculty Media Training offers media tip sheets and training specifically for U-M faculty
- U-M Media Interview Tips for before, during and after an interview
- What to Do When Speaking to the Media Croxall 2011, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- The Faculty and the Fourth Estate: Improving Relationships With the Press Jaschik 2010, American Association of University Professors
- Basic Media Interview Tips video from Clearview Communications
- The Message Box workbook and tool can help you distill the complexity of your research in a way that's meaningful for different audiences