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A boundary spanning system supports large-scale ecosystem-based management.

  • Academic Journal
  • Environmental Science & Policy; Jul2022, Vol. 133, p137-145, 9p
  • Boundary spanning is a focused effort to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information between producers (i.e., analysts, scientists, researchers, etc.) and users (i.e., decision-makers, policy makers, managers, etc.) in support of evidence-informed decision-making. Here we provide specific examples of approaches and products by a boundary spanning organization as part of a regional ecosystem-based management program. These examples illustrate a range of potential boundary spanning activities while also describing a more holistic boundary system that employs several complimentary and related approaches to improve the use of knowledge in decision-making across interfaces separating different institutions. This system is supported by, and indeed requires, a larger institutional framework that provides scaffolding upon which the boundary spanning operates. As described, the institutional framework is often not supplied solely by a single boundary spanning organization, but rather by a suite of cooperating institutions. Last, we discuss approaches to evaluating the various impacts of boundary spanning. • Boundary spanning systems provide multiple opportunities to improve knowledge use. • Vignettes illustrate range of approaches to cross diverse institutional interfaces. • Coordinating institutions create a framework to support boundary spanning. • Alternative measure of boundary spanning impacts should be considered. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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