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Project ID: 04-4-2-01

Year: 2005

Date Started: 02/15/2005

Date Completed: 03/01/2010

Title: Technical and Social Influences on the Success of Fire Science Delivery

Project Proposal Abstract: JFSP goals can be achieved only if the resulting scientific information is effectively transferred to the users. Recognizing that science delivery approaches are often developed on an ad hoc basis without an overall understanding of the research application process, AFP 2 004-4, Task 2 seeks proposals that "describe, compare, contrast, and evaluate the effrctiveness of various processes used to disseminate information.., and increase the likelihood of management application of science." Using a multi-method research approach, we will combine the strengths of qualitative and quantitative research to identify underlying mechanisms that can be used to describe, contrast, and evaluate the effectiveness of science delivery processes for different target management audiences. Specifically, we will use knowledge from a variety of social science disciplines, including communication studies, organization and knowledge management theory, decision theory, and social psychology to: 1) improve understanding of the mechanisms that influence when agency fire managers adopt and use scientific knowledge, 2) identify barriers to the effective communication and application of science, and 3) provide suggestions that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of science delivery efforts. We will develop recommendations to help applied fire researchers, research application specialists, and upper- level managers prioritize limited science application resources and increase the likelihood that science delivery efforts result in application. More effective science delivery will lead to faster integration of relevant science by management communities, and it will increase agency credibility by improving the that managers have access to the best available science.

Principal Investigator: Vita X. Wright

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Human Factors & Risk Management RD&A

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Vita X. Wright

Forest Service

RMRS-Human Factors & Risk Management RD&A

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network




Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies



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Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1192 Government Publication Individual and Organizational Influences to the Use of Fire and Fuels Research by Federal Agency Managers
view or print   3093 Journal Article Communication Barriers to Applying Federal Research in Support of Land Management in the United States
view or print   2795 Journal Article Overcoming Barriers to the Use of Science in National Parks (Session Summary)
  go to website 2083 Website  
    4471 Poster Integrating Science Into Fire and Fuels Management

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