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Project ID: 11-S-2-4

Year: 2011

Date Started: 08/01/2011

Date Completed: 01/03/2013

Title: Developing High-Quality Syntheses: Guidelines for Syntheses That Meet Fire Managers’ Needs and are Scientifically Defensible

Project Proposal Abstract: What constitutes a high-quality synthesis for wildland managers? Fire managers often request syntheses, and the Joint Fire Science Project (JFSP) has responded--publishing eight syntheses on its website to date and supporting online publication of nearly 300 species reviews (syntheses) in the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS). But few resources describe how to write a literature review or synthesis, and I have not found any publications on how to write a synthesis specifically addressing the balance of scientific rigor with concise, direct writing that seems essential for managers' use. Furthermore, I have not found any resources describing how managers actually use syntheses or the skills needed to apply information from a synthesis to a management question. I propose to write a paper in the next year that addresses these issues.

Principal Investigator: Jane Kapler Smith

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Fire Sciences Lab-Missoula

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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   5858 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Looking Into Syntheses: How Can We Improve Relevance and Usefulness for Managers?

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