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Effective interfaces between science, policy and society: the SPIRAL project handbook

This handbook compiles much of the information produced by the SPIRAL project on how to build and improve Science-Policy Interfaces (SPIs), based on examples from the biodiversity field.

Abstract 

This handbook provides a manual for projects and individuals interested in designing or improving interfaces between science, policy and society.
The handbook is structured around five main issues. We start with a brief introduction to
what SPIs are, and what they are not. We then move on to the issue of why SPIs are needed before looking at certain important attributes of SPIs, namely credibility, relevance, legitimacy and iterativity. In the next part of the handbook, we outline some steps and recommendations for designing, maintaining and improving the SPIs of EU-funded research projects. As part of this we then explore some factors facilitating successful SPIs before outlining some sources and resources that may be of interest to readers.

Citation 

Young, J.C., Watt, A.D. van den Hove, S. and the SPIRAL project team. 2013.
Effective interfaces between science, policy and society: the SPIRAL project handbook. http://www.spiral-project.eu/content/documents.

Author(s) 

Young, J.C., Watt, A.D. van den Hove, S. and the SPIRAL project team

Contributor 

Adrian Peres, Anne Teller, Esther Turnhout, Peter Bridgewater, Martin Zimmer and all members of the SPIRAL project.

Publisher 

Spiral project

Rights holder 

SPIRAL project