By Denis Karcher and Chris Cvitanovic
How well do researchers achieve the research impacts they aim for? And if there is a mismatch, does it matter?
Together with colleagues (Karcher et al., 2021), we systematically searched for and reviewed nearly 400 studies that described goals and outcomes that were claimed for knowledge exchange at the science-policy interface. Although our focus was on the environmental sciences, the results may be more widely useful.
The eight top goals that studies described for their knowledge exchange activities were:
1. Usability, eg., that the interaction with policy makers and/or the knowledge created were credible, legitimate, relevant, and timely (458 references).