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The Actionable Science in Conservation project is a collaborative effort between the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and the Center for Organizational Research and Design. Our goal through this project is to gain a better understanding of the determinants of actionable science in conservation. While there has been exponential growth in conservation research, much of this science fails to be translated into practice and policy. Numerous solutions have been proposed to bridge this knowledge-action gap, yet it persists.

This project aims to gain insight from these efforts, in particular the straddle of the science-practice divide – boundary scientists and knowledge partnerships. We seek to understand how different individual behaviors of scientists along with characteristics of the institutions where they are based influence success and failure in knowledge translation.


  • ASU Center for Organization Research and Design
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis - Science for Nature and People Partnership
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • United States Geological Survey
  • World Wildlife Fund



  • ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
  • ASU Center for Organization Research and Design
  • National Science Foundation – Science of Science and Innovation Policy


July 2014 — Ongoing