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Knowledge Exchange Guidelines

The LWEC Knowledge Exchange (KE) Guidelines have been developed  to aid the KE process across all activities endorsed by the LWEC Partnership. A version suitable for printing can be downloaded as a pdf below. What follows is an online version of the guidelines which we are hoping to develop as a dynamic resource bank with plenty of shared experience through case studies and interviews with KE practitioners.

You will find the same top level guidance in the printed version but the online version allows you to choose links to material which can help you with specific parts of your KE strategy.

The guidelines are not prescriptive. Their aim is to inform and inspire with a resource bank of ideas, tips and suggestions on how KE can be most effective.

Effective KE is crucial to the success of the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Partnership, which aims to “ensure that decision-makers in government, business and society have the foresight, knowledge and tools needed to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from climate change.”

By establishing a two-way flow of knowledge between researchers and potential users of their research, and ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of needs and priorities, LWEC initiatives will have a more meaningful impact on decisions, actions and behaviours in the years ahead.

Although these Guidelines are primarily aimed at people taking decisions at a programme level, it is hoped that they will provide useful ideas and principles for anyone involved in KE and complement guidance available from other sources, such as Research Councils UK (see attachment below).

The Guidelines are divided into the following eight components, each of which represents a key stage in a successful KE process.