Transdisciplinary partnerships for sustainability: an evaluation guide

Plummer, Ryan, Blythe, Jessica, Gurney, Georgina G., Witkowski, Samantha, and Armitage, Derek (2022) Transdisciplinary partnerships for sustainability: an evaluation guide. Sustainability Science, 17. pp. 955-967.

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Transdisciplinary research, in which academics and actors from outside the academy co-produce knowledge, is an important approach to address urgent sustainability challenges. Indeed, to meet these real-world challenges, governments, universities, development agencies, and civil society organizations have made substantial investments in transdisciplinary partnerships. Yet to date, our understanding of the performance, as well as impacts, of these partnerships for sustainability is limited. Here, we provide a guide to assess the performance and impacts of transdisciplinary partnerships for sustainability. We offer key steps to navigate and examine the partnership process for continuous improvement, and to understand how transdisciplinary partnership is contributing to sustainable futures.

Item ID: 72164
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1862-4057
Keywords: Impact evaluation, Knowledge co-production, Performance assessment, Sustainability science, Transdisciplinary
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 10:02
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