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Bridging the Gulfs

The Coastal Training Program

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Bridging the Gulfs

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Interdisciplinary Methods for Stakeholder Engagement and Collaborative Research in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Collaborative research is one method for “bridging the gulf” between science and policy. The NERRS Science Collaborative (NSC) has supported projects that use interdisciplinary methods for understanding stakeholder priorities and engaging them in collaborative projects with researchers. Applying methods for stakeholder engagement in collaborative research, and fostering the use of science in decision-making and policy has been the focus of most of the NSC projects. The Wells, Maine and Mission-Aransas, Texas NERRs projects have used different methods to understand and engage stakeholders and researchers in their projects. The Bridging the Gulfs training aims to share those methods more broadly in the NERR system by developing two trainings - one to be delivered at the Wells NERR in the Gulf of Maine and one to be delivered at the Mission-Aransas NERR in the Gulf of Mexico. Reserve staff, coastal managers and researchers in each region are the audience for the trainings. The trainings combine transfer of collaborative research methodologies between Texas and Maine as well as engaging other reserves in a discussion of lessons learned and collaborative research best practices that can be adopted across the NERRS. 
Both the Wells NERR and Mission-Aransas NERR projects have expanded upon the framework provided by Collaborative Learning to explicitly assess stakeholder understanding, foster the development of shared knowledge and move diverse stakeholder groups toward mutually agreed upon improvements in management and policy. In addition to the Maine and Texas examples, the Chesapeake Bay Maryland NERR has adapted Collaborative Learning in a project focusing on marsh and human community resilience that will be included in the training. The Bridging the Gulfs training builds competencies in particular collaborative research methodologies including: conducting a communications audit, mediated modeling, mental modeling and resilience practice. Evaluation of additional practices will be shared among participants to begin to develop a Bridging the Gulfs Best Practices Primer for the NERRS and key partners.
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Mather Auditorium
342 Laudholm Farm Road
Wells, ME 04090

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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