The Interactive Process of Applied Research: A Partnership Between Scientists and Park and Resource Managers


  • Donald R. Field
  • Darryll R. Johnson


applied science, technology transfer, dissemination of science, communication process


1'he integration of research into resource management decision making more often depends upon the manner in which the research is undertaken and communicated to park and recreation managers than on the subject area under study. This article explores a process for conducting applied research in a public agency that manages natural and/or cultural resources. This interactive process is built upon the foundation of a partnership between manager (client) and scientist in which communication occurs throughout the research endeavor. As managers weigh alternative and often conflicting demands for resources in the remaining decades of this century, applied research programs will play a key role in providing information to be considered in the decision-making process.?





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