A Toolkit for Coproducing Actionable Science to Support Public Land Management

Coproduction is an approach to produce actionable science through collaboration between researchers, scientists, specialists, planners, and resource managers to inform policy and management decisions (Meadow et al. 2015). The body of literature on coproduction is growing, but practical tools are needed to help scientists and managers put the concept of coproduction into action.

Here, we introduce an informational toolkit intended to help scientists and resource managers implement coproduction for their projects. We developed this toolkit to support project teams coproducing science for federally managed public lands. It contains information sheets, templates, examples, and a checklist 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. Here, we also include videos that provide additional information about each tool.

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. View the toolkit in the BLM Library.

Our goal for this toolkit is to support project teams who would like to implement coproduction to support 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 to support coproduction efforts.

Individual Tools

  1. Coproduction in the Public Lands Context 
  2. What Level of Coproduction Makes Sense for My Project? 
  3. Suggested Coproduction Steps and Practices
  4. Suggested Communication Deliverables for Coproduced Projects
  5. A Problem-Solving Checklist for Coproduction 

Combined Toolkit


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., 2024


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