This is a collection of resources to help current and prospective teams plan and implement NERRS Science Collaborative projects. The tools and products listed below have been generated by the NERRS Science Collaborative team as well as external partners, and focus on helping teams facilitate a collaborative process, manage data, and conduct an integrated assessment.
Proposal Development Resources
Tools for planning strong collaborative science proposals and projects
- Tips for Collaborative Research Pre-Proposals (Tool)
- Collective Advice for Advancing the Success of Collaborative Research (Report)
- Webinar: Conceptualizing and Designing Collaborative Science Projects (Summary and video)
Adapting Collaborative Science for a Virtual World
Resources for projects using virtual methods for engaging team members, end users and stakeholders
- Collaborative Science in a Virtual World: Recognizing Limits and Leveraging Opportunities - Panel webinar recording
- Guidance for Reviewing and Identifying Adjustments to Project Plans - A reference for project teams, July 2020
- Virtual Engagement Resources - A list of references, tips and training on virtual engagement methods
Information and tools for developing and managing a collaborative process
- Characterizing end users – A tool for collaborative projects (Word)
- Characterizing end users and stakeholders – A tool for integrated assessments (Word)
- Engaging end users webinar summary – Working iteratively to produce usable science (PDF)
- Reflections on engaging end users – A tool with key considerations for engaging end users (Word)
- Collaborative Learning Guide (PDF)
- Working Together to Get Things Done – Collaborative Learning Training (Word)
- A Dialogue Not a Diatribe: Effective Integration of Science and Policy through Joint Fact Finding (PDF)
- Collaboration Toolkit (website)
- Project Charter Guidance (Word)
Learn more about Science Collaborative collaboration learning and support here.
Data Management Resources
Developing and implementing a data sharing plan for your project
The NERRS Centralized Data Management Office (CDMO) is the coordinating entity for Science Collaborative data management activities. Science Collaborative projects that produce new data must include a data management plan that includes descriptions of the following components:
- An understanding of the data management needs and capabilities of both data providers and end users of data and products;
- Methods and protocols for data collection;
- Data quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC) procedures;
- Data access; and
- Data archiving.
Sample data management plans are available at the NOAA Environmental Data Management Wiki under the Data Management Plan Repository.
Learn more about Science Collaborative data management support here.
Understanding, planning for, and implementing an Integrated Assessment
Integrated assessments (IAs) focus on a specific, challenging management or policy question. Project activities generally employ existing data and information and do not involve extensive fieldwork or experimentation. The IA approach is most useful for situations where considerable information exists but it has not yet been synthesized in ways that allow people to evaluate options effectively for addressing the focal issue.
Most IAs use a combination of technical analyses and stakeholder engagement activities to examine the focal issue. Projects typically include the following elements:
- Collaboratively define the focal question
- Clarify the history, causes and consequences of the issue
- Identify and evaluate potential options
- Develop information to guide decisions
Integrated Assessments vary widely depending on the type and scope of the focal issue. To see how the approach has been used in different situations, see: IA Case Study (PDF) and Science Collaborative IA Projects.
- An Integrated Assessment Primer (PDF) Note: This primer was developed to support teams developing proposals for the NERRS Science Collaborative 2016 RFP.
- Characterizing end users and stakeholders – A tool for integrated assessments (Word). This worksheet will guide you through a two-step process of identifying potential end users and stakeholder participants, and developing an appropriate role for each in the project
- Tackling Wicked Problems through Integrated Assessment: A Guide for Decision Makers, Project Leaders and Scientists (PDF) Note: This guide provides background on integrated assessment and a long reference list of related reports and journal articles. Please note that this guide was published in 2009 and describes eight stages of IA. The NERRS Science Collaborative encourages the use of the more flexible IA framework that is outlined in this IA Primer and the 2015 RFP documents.
- Benefits of Integrated Assessment: Information for Decision Makers, Project leaders and Scientists (full report, PDF)
- Benefits of Using Integrated Assessment to Address Sustainability Challenges (article published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences)
- Michigan Sea Grant
- The Integrated Assessment Society