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Coproduction is a collaborative effort to produce usable or actionable science between scientists and users of science.  In practice, it is a negotiated and iterative engagement with end users and scientists that develop over time.

Advantages of using coproduction:

  • Decision support systems based on scientific information receive much better use.  

  • Enhances relevance in addressing stakeholder challenges at relevant scales.

  • Helpful in addressing complex social and ecological problems that have no simple answers and require engagement across multiple stakeholder groups to resolve.

  • Helps the scientific community to develop actionable scientific information that assists end users in solving real-world problems.

  • Can be effective in building trust and knowledge systems that integrate local and traditional knowledge.

To learn more about Coproduction and the process of engagement read, “Making Sense of Coproduction: What Is It Good For?” by Gabrielle Roesch-McNally and Holly R. Prendeville.