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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 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 to address the divide between science and practice divide. We seek to understand how different behaviors of individual 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
  • Earth Leadership Program
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Wilburforce Foundation



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


July 2014 — Ongoing