Translating Green Infrastructure research into decision making & practice

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has over recent years promoted research in Green Infrastructure. A recent call for a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for urban Green Infrastructure was opened in March 2017.

I launched a survey in prepartion of my bid for this call.  I would like to share the outcomes of the survey with a wider audience of Green Infrastructure practitioners, decision makers and policy makers. Thanks to all who participated in the survey.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Some key outcomes of that survey are:

  1. Feasibility, costs and benefits are the top three factors influencing decisions. Respondents did not explicitly refer to "evidence" or research", but their need is implied.
  2. Responses on the link between evidence availability and decision making were quite diverse. Investment happens on a case by case basis, because or despite of having enough evidence. Often GI investment is limited due to lack of evidence.
  3. Five types of evidence are most likely to have an impact on decision making. These are searchable databases (containing short facts or evidence statements or resources such as case studies of guidance documents), local quantitative or qualitative case studies, reviews of evidence, best practice documents and tools applicable at the local authority level.

Stakeholders said lack of time, doubt over quality or reliability of evidence and lack of evidence on economic benefits are the top barriers. Lack of evidence generally and political prioritisation also play a role.

Please feel free to share the link to the survey report and to agree or disagree with my recommendations. If you use social media (Twitter), could you please tag @CEHScienceNews and @brillianto_biz.

Thank you!

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