About our program
Understanding the effectiveness of research is not a simple task. Research processes, especially in social-ecological contexts, are complex. There are many pathways from research to outcomes, and they can be difficult to identify. Much of the current emphasis on understanding and evaluating research effectiveness focuses on the economic impact of research. Demonstrating the ability of research to contribute to real-world problem-solving is becoming more sought after.
Our program pursues a better understanding of the components of research effectiveness, and how the design and implementation of research can be relevant, credible, legitimate, and effective at achieving outcomes.
1) Develop an international network of collaborators with a focus on impact and effectiveness in sustainability research;
2) Develop, apply, and test evaluation approaches and methods for transdisciplinary research, building on emerging ideas as well as theoretical and practical experience in related fields;
3) Analyse and evaluate selected livelihoods, community resilience, and sustainability research projects/programs; and
4) Recommend improved approaches and methods for transdisciplinary research evaluation and impact assessment.