An Information Toolkit to Coproduce Actionable Science for Public Land Management

Coproduction is an effective approach to producing actionable science through collaboration between researchers, scientists, specialists, planners, and resource managers to inform policy and management decisions (Meadow et al. 2015). While the body of literature on coproduction is growing, this literature has not been translated into a simple set of recommendations that provide guidance for individual projects (Beier et al. 2017).

Here we introduce an informational toolkit intended to address these gaps at the individual project level. We developed this toolkit to support project teams coproducing science for federally managed public lands. It contains information sheets, videos, templates, examples, and checklists created by our interagency team from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

This coproduction toolkit includes five core tools designed to help coproduce actionable science. It provides information to understand coproduction, manage a coproduced research project, share information about the project with partners and the public, and problem-solve in the coproduction context.

Our goal for the coproduction toolkit is to successfully support project teams who choose to coproduce science to inform public land management. We expect that, as the toolkit is shared and used, needs for additional tools may be identified. We hope to be able to respond to those needs by developing additional tools and adding them into this toolkit.


  1. What does coproduction look like in the public lands context? 
  2. What Level of Coproduction Makes Sense for My Project?
  3. How do I Coproduce Science?
  4. Suggested Communication Deliverables for Coproduced Projects
  5. A Problem-solving Checklist for Coproduction


Selby, L.B., Carter, S.K., Haby, T.S., Wood, D.J.A., Bamzai-Dodson, Aparna, Anderson, P.J., Herrick, J.E., Samuel, E.M., and Tull, J.C., 2023

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact David Korzilius.