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CREW Strategic Impact Review (CSIR) - enhancing information flow and maximising impact

Project Overview:

  • Opportunity to learn from a decade of the Centre’s projects and related activities for enhancing information flow and maximising impact from CREW in the next RESAS cycle
  • It is driven by an engagement-focused approach (e.g. interviews, surveys, workshops) with a broad range of key people (researchers and stakeholders) and participating organisations involved in CREW project delivery who are situated at the science:policy interface across Scotland
  • CSIR is well underway and currently being delivered by world-leading impact experts at Fast Track Impact and Institute for Methods Innovation

 

Project Aims & Scope:

​The project aims and core expectations from this strategic analysis and impact evaluation are intended to inform CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities by: (1) Exploring and reviewing what, how, where, and why information generated from CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities flows into and is used by Scotland’s wider water community (including policy, stakeholders, and research), and leads to different types of impact; (2) Providing evidence-based examples of information flow and impact generated from CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities which have led to tangible and immediate to longer-term benefits for policy and its delivery, people, and the water environment in Scotland; (3) Proposing (based on key findings, expert opinion, and best practice from other similar initiatives) future-facing implementable recommendations and options for enhancing information flow and maximising impact from CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities.

The project scope is specifically focussed on enhancing information flow and maximising impact generated from different types and outputs of CREW projects and supported by a broad range of the Centre’s related activities (e.g. knowledge-exchange mechanisms, dissemination strategies, etc) during the previous (2011-2015) and current (2016-2021) Strategic Research Programme (SRP) cycles funded through the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) division of the Scottish Government. 

 

Project Research Questions:

• What and how does information flow from CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities into Scotland’s wider water community? Where is that information most used by policy, stakeholders, and researchers, and why? What forms of information generate different types of impact, and why?

• Which attributes of CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities (e.g. outputs, interactions, networks, etc) enhance information flow and generate most impact, and why? What and how have CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities benefitted those specifically involved and the wider water community, and why? What immediate and longer-term benefits have they led to, and why?

• What are the timelines of CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities to deliver different types of impact? How could this be influenced?

• Which examples of CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities have led to tangible improvements for policy and its delivery, people, and the water environment in Scotland, and why?

• What tools may be needed for tracking, mapping, evaluating and realising impact from different types and outputs of CREW projects, and the Centre’s related activities? Which key performance indicators (KPIs), other applicable metrics and additional feedback processes do you propose CREW potentially applies in day-to-day operations for this purpose?

• If you were to design a future-facing pathway(s) to maximise impact for CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities what would this look like, and why?

• What have previous and current CREW projects and the Centre’s related activities done particularly well to enable information flow and generate impact, and why? What could CREW consider doing differently (perhaps more, less, or a combination of) to enhance how information flows and is used by the right people at the right time, and to maximise impact?

 

Project Objectives

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