Canadian Forest Service Publications

Adoption and impact pathways for Canadian Forest Service genomics research and development initiative projects. Information Report GLC-X-18. 2017. Hope, E.; Barsi,D.; McKenney, D. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 59p.

Year: 2017

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 38253

Language: English

Series: Information Report (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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This publication showcases the framework used to evaluate the potential outputs, adoption, and impact from eleven Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI) funded projects. Based on robust methodology used by the Australian Centre for Internarial Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to evaluate the merits of scientific research projects, we adapted two ACIAR tools for the CFS in order to evaluate the potential outputs, anticipated adoption and impacts of a set of ongoing GRDI projects. The first tool, the ‘Desktop Analysis’ is a one page summary for each project of the anticipated outputs from the research, expected adoption of the outputs by next and final users, near term impacts and outcomes, and long term changes in social, environmental and economic conditions (SEEC). The second tool, a detailed survey, is an in-depth examination of the project outputs, with the results of the surveys complied into an expandable multi-project database. Results from the analysis of the GRDI projects suggested that most of the anticipated outputs are forms of scientific knowledge, and that there are a number of examples in which the end user has requested the research. Additionally, it takes much longer than commonly anticipated to observe changes in SEEC after adoption. This publication represents a comprehensive and cohesive effort to trace pathways to change, and has gained some traction with Management Committee, and interest from Forest Change 2.0.