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Using social science research to facilitate science translation

Posted by | March 10, 2010

The Coastal Training Program uses social science research to facilitate the translation of science to communities dealing with complex land use and water quality protection issues. The need for social science research is linked to the conflict frequently associated with balancing multiple perspectives about the connections between land use and clean water. Understanding the cultural roots of conflict can be the first step to overcoming barriers to progress on environmental issues.

Our research has increased cultural understanding of the values, beliefs and attitudes people share about the importance of clean water, sources of pollution and ways to protect water. That knowledge is used to design workshops and trainings that improve dialogue among stakeholders, increase the use of science and create environmental solutions that benefit from integration of lay and expert knowledge.

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