Science and Federal Environmental Decisions: A Survey of Interactions, Successes, and Difficulties

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Feb 01, 2017
James Boyd and Jonathan Kramer


Successful interactions between science and federal decisionmaking are important because of the public interest in informed, rational action on the part of our environmental institutions. Based on interviews with federal employees, the study gives a broad overview of interactions and coordination between US government decisionmakers and science programs. We identify a range of features and practices that contribute to the success or failure of decision-oriented scientific input. The study also holds lessons for science-oriented federal partners (e.g., NGOs, philanthropies, academic institutions, and businesses) and identifies ways they can most usefully contribute to federal decisionmaking.


Read the full discussion paper published by Resources for the Future.

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