Stakeholder Interaction Guide for Researchers
Stakeholder Interaction in Research Processes – a Guide for Researchers and Research Groups
In many research projects, stakeholder interaction is ad hoc rather than strategic and systematic. This guide provides advice on good practice, strategies and tools for researchers and research groups interested in finding effective ways to involve stakeholders in their research and have an impact on society.
There is an urgent need for scientifically grounded solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and ecosystem degradation. While many researchers and research groups put significant efforts into communicating their research findings, there is often scope for improvement in linking research with decision-making processes.
BECC’s guide on Stakeholder Interaction in Research Processes provides advice on good practice, strategies and tools for researchers, research groups and research institutions interested in finding effective ways to involve stakeholders in their research and have an impact on society.
The guide was written by Daniel Slunge (UGOT), Olof Drakenberg (UGOT), Anders Ekbom (UGOT), Maria Göthberg (UGOT), Åsa Knaggård (LU) and Ullrika Sahlin (LU). It was produced as part of the BECC financed research project STAKE – Practices and Barriers to Stakeholder Interaction – Challenges for Research Projects.
A systematic and science-based approach to stakeholder and policy interaction can provide researchers and research groups with opportunities to:
Improve the relevance of their research through identification of societal problems and new perspectives.
Enhance the quality of research through improved access to data.
Effectively communicate with stakeholders to enhance the possibilities that research results come into use and influence decision-making.
Apply for funding from sources that require researchers to include stakeholders in research projects.
The aim of the guide is to support researchers, research groups and research institutions with practical advice on effective stakeholder interaction. Examples of issues discussed are how to identify and analyse stakeholders; the importance of planning for effective stakeholder interaction; how the outcomes of stakeholder interaction activities can be monitored and evaluated. The guide also reflects on the roles and strategies researchers may have in relation to stakeholder interaction over the course of a research career and within a research group. It also discusses what research institutions can do to create an environment conducive to effective stakeholder interaction.