Wednesday 5th Feb, 12:00 pm
More than 140 research final reports were published by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in 2012-2013 across 9 thematic areas. With this federally funded research investment to support decision making in government, business and the community, a high value is placed on the amount and quality of stakeholder involvement in the research and how quickly findings are referenced in sector-specific communication and policy.
To explicitly address research communication and application in the Adaptation Research Grants Program (ARGP), NCCARF required primary investigators to prepare an End-user Engagement and Communication Plan for each project. The authors use three ARGP research final reports to demonstrate stakeholder-specific patterns of access in different sectors, based primarily on analytics from a purpose-designed, freely-accessed web site and public media attention and reporting. Stakeholder involvement is traced through: the original engagement and communication plans; researcher and stakeholder activities to promote the research in business, government and the community, and feedback on early consideration of the research by decision makers.
The cases demonstrate the divergent nature of use and access to research information to support climate adaptation in human health, emergency management and settlements and infrastructure.