The research utilisation approach taken by the Bushfire CRC since 2010 has been reviewed and revised in response to stakeholder feedback. A survey of end users in December 2012 revealed significant progress since 2010, with end users generally satisfied with the Bushfire CRC’s information products and the many opportunities provided for engagement and collaboration. The survey also suggested that end user partners are still finding it challenging to deal with understanding the impact of the research on their business.
The Research Utilisation Strategy 2013-2014 continues to emphasise the following as key areas for success:
Relationships and partnerships beyond AFAC to individual agencies and new partners
Increased engagement and active involvement in addition to passive approaches
Nurturing of a responsive and learning culture within individual end users, by agencies
Building of research utilisation capacity and capability within end user agencies
Creation of high quality products to support utilisation in a collaborative way
Supporting agencies to make the research meaningful for their context.
The revised strategy places more emphasis on helping to build research utilisation capacity by providing professional development in how to run events for utilisation purposes, encouraging the development, writing and sharing of case studies that demonstrate research impacts, and the continued production of user-friendly information products, particularly Fire Notes. It also reinforces the need to continue to work closely with the industry’s knowledge management endeavors, such as the conduct of a joint Professional Development Events Program.
View the Research Utilisation Strategy 2013-2014 here. View the Research Utilisation Consultation report 2012 here.
Examples of research uptake
In December 2011 the Minister for Emergency Management Robert McClelland launched a website on deliberately lit bushfires in Australia.
The Bushfire Arson Prevention website draws on Bushfire CRC research to educate the community about arson and provide people with the tools to identify risks and report suspicious activity.