New study, co-authored by Alaska RISA team staff, studies the changing role of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium

New study, co-authored by Alaska RISA team staff, studies the changing role of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium

A new article, co-authored by staff at the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a CPO RISA team), “Making the transition from science delivery to knowledge co-production in boundary spanning: a case study of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium,” was published online October 18 in a journal of the American Meteorological Society. The article describes the Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) as a “boundary organization” that facilitates “two-way, sustained interaction and communication between research and practitioner spheres,” delivering “existing science” and developing “new, actionable scientific information to address emerging social-ecological questions applicable to decision-making.” There is an increasing emphasis on the role of boundary organizations in facilitating knowledge coproduction, which is collaborative research with end users to develop actionable scientific information for decision-making. However, a deeper understanding of how boundary organizations and knowledge coproduction work in practice is needed. This paper examines the AFSC’s transition from science delivery to knowledge co-production. AFSC’s boundary spanning involves a continuum of outputs and activities, but their overall trajectory has involved a deliberate transition from an emphasis on science delivery to knowledge coproduction. Key factors that facilitated this transition included a receptive and engaged audience, built-in evaluation and learning, subject matter expertise and complementarity, and embeddedness in the target audience communities. The authors recommend that other boundary organizations wishing to develop knowledge co-production capacity know their audience, employ trusted experts in boundary spanning, and engage in frequent self-evaluation.

Print

x

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.

CONTACT US

Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910