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The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) website provides news and examples about influencing decision making as part of a much broader portfolio of activities. The mission of SciDev.Net is to “help individuals and organisations apply evidence and insights from science and technology to decision-making in order to have a positive impact on equitable and sustainable […]
A new discipline – Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) – could provide a systematic way to allow people to effectively mix-and-match concepts and methods from systems thinking, inter- and trans-disciplinarity, implementation science, team science, complexity science and other approaches to more effectively deal with complex real-world problems. I2S has three domains: 1) synthesis of disciplinary […]
Three guides have been developed to share collective knowledge on how funders, researchers, and wider research partners can work together for better outcomes to address pressing societal challenges. A guidance note for research funders lays out seven key challenges and suggests ways forward from the pre-call stage to evaluation of completed research projects (see reference […]
This open-access book provides “practical guidance on how to conduct interdisciplinary research effectively with multi-member teams operating across departments and institutions.” Chapters are: Signposts for interdisciplinary travellers: introduction and some tips for reading this book Departure point: our approach to interdisciplinarity Planning the expedition: designing interdisciplinary research projects Making the expedition a success: managing interdisciplinary […]
Ten aspects of interdisciplinary research are covered, with the guides providing easy access to best practices for a) developing, reviewing, funding and evaluating proposals, b) supervising PhDs, as well as c) various aspects of research management. A link to a PDF file of each guide can be found on the following webpages: Short Guide to […]
A useful analytical framework for assessing knowledge co-production consists of the following elements: “typology of actor roles, research phases, objectives and forms of actor integration, and types of knowledge” (see figure below). The framework was used to analyse “what types of actors contributed what kind of knowledge in which research phase” in four transdisciplinary studies […]
The methods in the td-net toolbox for co-producing knowledge are useful for bringing together different perspectives on a problem, recognising that not only individuals but also social groups have different ways of thinking about issues. One method (soft systems methodology) covers the whole process, while the others cover specific aspects. The aim is to provide […]
Responding to the persistent problems of unsustainability and other global challenges needs a transformation of the knowledge system as a whole. As this video describes, this includes a transformation in research funding and in education. For effective implementation-oriented research, stakeholders have to be involved both in the design of research programmes and in all phases […]
“This toolkit describes a range of tools that CSOs [Civil Society Organisations] might use to understand and map political context, in order to engage more effectively in policy processes. This guide introduces a series of tools that have been designed to map various dimensions of political context. The tools have been selected because they cover […]
Conceptual metaphors help make integrative research more successful. They require “deep and continued dialogue,” a shared context for communication, and iteration until shared meaning is established. Conceptual metaphors contrast with conduit metaphors, which assume that words and sentences on their own can convey thoughts and feelings. Conduit metaphors lead to an illusion of communication, but […]

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