A major challenge for researchers tackling complex social and environmental problems is that relevant resources are widely dispersed, making it difficult to find those that are most suitable for any particular project. We are addressing this challenge by compiling a multi-faceted resources repository.
First, we are compiling:
- tools, which are concepts and methods for undertaking research on complex real-world problems, especially for knowledge synthesis, dealing with unknowns and providing research support for policy and practice change.
- approaches, which are sets of research integration and implementation practices guided by particular principles. Examples include transdisciplinarity, systems thinking and action research.
- cases, which usually describe applications of such tools or approaches.
Second, we are also gathering information about:
- journals where tools, approaches and cases are published
- professional associations and networks that bring together researchers who are focused on 'how' to better understand and act on complex real-world problems
- conferences where tools, approaches and cases are discussed.
Timeline and updates
Compiling these resources is a long-term project and we aim to add at least one new resource in most categories every two months. Find out about new additions in our bi-monthly I2S News. You can subscribe under I2S News in the column on the left.
When resources become out-of-date, they are removed and archived.
Categorising the resources
The book Disciplining Interdisciplinarity provides the organising framework for presenting the resources. They are categorised by the relevant domain/s:
- Synthesising disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge (Knowledge synthesis)
- Understanding and managing diverse unknowns (Unknowns)
- Providing integrated research support for policy and practice change (Policy and practice support).
They are also categorised by relevant subject/s, which correspond to the elements of the I2S five-question framework (PDF 570KB). Currently only a small selection of elements are used (the list will be expanded in future):
- assessing evidence
- boundary setting
- framing and metaphors
The format/s in which each resource is available, eg., journal article or video, are also provided. Of note is that some resources are available as digital posters, which are described in the archives.
We welcome information about additional resources, based on your own work or that of others; please send it using our contact us details.
Please also consider contributing to the Integration and Implementation Insights blog (I2Insights blog), especially to highlight tools you have developed or use regularly. You can also highlight your own work relevant to I2S, as well as follow and discuss I2S developments by joining the LinkedIn group Global Network for Research Integration and Implementation.