What is the value of collaborative research?
The ability to produce usable science is greatly enhanced when researchers understand and are responsive to the interests and needs of end users; likewise, the application of knowledge increases when end users understand and are responsive to the capabilities of science to address the problem and actively seek to incorporate the research into management plans and decision processes.
Developing and managing a collaborative approach
Collaboration succeeds when there is a clear purpose, motivated participants, and a carefully-structured and well-managed iterative process between science producers and users.
- Collective Advice for Advancing the Success of Collaborative Research (PDF)
- Characterizing end users – A tool for collaborative research projects (docx)
- Engaging end users webinar summary – Working iteratively to produce usable science (PDF)
- Reflections on engaging end users – A tool with key considerations for engaging end users (docx)
- Collaborative Learning Guide (PDF)
- Working Together to Get Things Done – Collaborative Learning Training (Word Doc)
- A Dialogue not a Diatribe: Effective Integration of Science and Policy through Joint Fact Finding (PDF)
- Collaboration Toolkit (website)
- NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management offers several training courses related to working with collaborators.
- EMI's Marine Ecosystem-Based Management in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan offers case studies, lessons learned, and other resources.
- Making Collaboration Work: Lessons from Innovation in Natural Resource Management offers a set of lessons on the role of collaboration in natural resource management and how to make it work.