Oregon Sea Grant through the Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship.
Coastal zone management, Evidence-based policy making, Climatic changes -- Government policy -- United States -- Planning
Lack of access to relevant scientific data has limited decision makers from incorporating scientific information into their management and policy schemes. Yet, there is increasing interest among decision makers and scientists to integrate coastal and marine science into the policy and management process. Strategies designed to build communication between decision makers and scientists can be an effective means to disseminate and/or generate policy relevant scientific information. Here researchers develop, test, and present a workshop model designed to bridge the gap between coastal and marine decision makers and scientists. Researchers identify successful components of such a workshop as well as areas for improvement and recommendations to design and conduct similar workshops in the future. This novel workshop format can be used in other fora to effectively connect decision makers and scientists, and to initiate an iterative process to generate and transfer policy relevant scientific information into evidence-based decisions, an important element in protecting coastal and marine resources.
Goldsmith, K., Granek, E., Lubitow, A., & Papenfus, M. (2016). Bridge over troubled waters: A synthesis session to connect scientific and decision making sectors. Marine Policy, 70, 30–39. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.04.015