Science as Actionable Knowledge Workshop

The Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE) is hosting a virtual Science as Actionable Knowledge Workshop on how to co-produce solutions-oriented knowledge with researchers, community members, decision-makers, and other knowledge users. Workshop session themes include:

Community Engagement for Actionable Knowledge
  • Learn firsthand from researchers and community partners about how to engage in the co-production of knowledge that serves communities.
  • This workshop will be facilitated by Natalia Brown, former Climate Justice Program Manager at Catalyst MiamiLynée Turek-Hankins, Doctoral Student, Environmental Science & Policy, University of Miami, and Mayra Cruz, Doctoral Student, Environmental Science & Policy, University of Miami
Skills and Attitudes for Success
  • Two researchers and educators will help their participants navigate the skills needed to conduct research that is relevant, respectful, and inclusive of stakeholders.
  • This workshop will be facilitated by Esther Obonyo, Associate Professor and Director, Global Building Network, Penn State University and Patrick Keys, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
Bring Your Own Research
  • In this interactive session, participants will be able to share their current research projects and proposals, and solicit direct advice on how to make their research more actionable. 
  • This workshop will be facilitated by Christine Kirchhoff, Associate Professor, Penn State University and Leah Nichols, Exec. Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Earth, George Mason University

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In 2022, in partnership with NASA, GCSE led a successful pilot program on actionable knowledge to support a cohort of researchers as they pursued applications-oriented work to enhance user uptake and use in decision-making. Through a framework that would provide researchers with tools and guidance for ensuring their work maximized user engagement and benefits, GCSE helped researchers enhance the relevance of their work to stakeholders, and built community across the cohort of PIs participating in the augmentation process to share knowledge and experiences, develop new skills, and build capacity for sustained collaboration and engagement. 

What is Actionable Knowledge?

Actionable Knowledge is defined as "knowledge that fits the needs and decision environments of users of that knowledge".