A major goal of the RCN SAGE project is to identify opportunities and appropriate processes and tools for dissemination of SAGE related research topics to community resilience through decisions about grey, green, and cultural infrastructure. SAGE is focused on Caribbean and Northeastern regions, and thus those should be our first focus, but ideally products should have more general applicability either in framework or information. We want to engage a diverse community of practitioners, researchers, government officials, and students in the SAGE network to disseminate best practices, research ideas and future trends in coastal resilience planning and implementation. These efforts are intended to make the SAGE network a recognized vehicle for informing this wider community, and integrating our collective knowledge into the many decisions being faced by coastal communities and countries. Ultimately, we would like to develop something that adds values and builds on existing trusted sources of information and networks for supporting these decisions.
Accordingly, the objective of this Broader Impact Group (BIG) meeting is to discuss: a) current activities that the SAGE network is engaged in, b) future opportunities that could be leveraged by the network, both for the professional/research community and as curricular pathways for students, and c) discuss possible funding mechanisms and ideas that would promote the educational pathway activities of the network. The group will make plans for the coming year (2015-2016), and produce a roadmap for the next 2-3 years for this area of the SAGE network to guide our activities. We will also discuss how the policy dissemination and translation BIG could contribute to the literature through this set of activities.
BIG Meeting Outcome Goal
Establish both near-term and longer-term activities for this aspect of the SAGE network and project to increase access to and translation of cutting-edge information to support resilient coastal infrastructure decisions in the US and the Caribbean.
Welcome and Introductions
Description of the goals of the policy translation and dissemination, as described in the original SAGE proposal
Discussion with Rotation Stations
Consider which networks, particularly within the Caribbean and Northeast regions, we should reach out to participate as part of a larger network or community of practice
Are there groups that we should collaborate with for such a network?
What benefits would the network participants expect to gain from such an interaction?
What is an appropriate amount of communication with the larger network?
What decision support processes or tools would be beneficial to users making coastal resilience decisions?
Are there areas where this group could make a particular impact in terms of scientific understanding and research?
Is there dissemination or translation approaches that would be particularly useful to consider for sharing decision-relevant scientific information?
What are the existing trusted sources of data and information that communities or nations commonly use to support resilience decisions? Are any particularly relevant for SAGE to consider for any scientific products?
Are there any scientific projects that we should collaboratively pursue to meet our goals for scientific translation and dissemination to support policymaking?
What do you think we should do in the next 2-3 years for the SAGE network to provide information to support these decisions, know whether they’re useful, and assure the longevity beyond the NSF RCN funding?
Discussion to revise goal statement and projects to accomplish the refined objectives
Next steps and action items, with project leads and proposed milestones
Existing Networks in these Regions
See attached document with networks identified in the original grant proposal or through conversations throughout the past year