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dc.contributor.authorNyboer, Elizabeth Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJacob, Aerin Len_UK
dc.contributor.authorLane, John Fen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBrowne, Daviden_UK
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Paul Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBennett, Joseph Ren_UK
dc.contributor.authorRytwinski, Trinaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPrior, Kenten_UK
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, Vivian Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorHarron, Nathanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorYoung, Nathanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorThomas‐Walters, Lauraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Jessica Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAitken, Susan Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorAuld, Graemeen_UK
dc.description.abstractPractitioners and policymakers working in environmental arenas make decisions that can have large impacts on ecosystems. Basing such decisions on high‐quality evidence about the effectiveness of different interventions can often maximize the success of policy and management. Accordingly, it is vital to understand how environmental professionals working at the science‐policy interface view and use different types of evidence, including evidence syntheses that collate and summarize available knowledge on a specific topic to save time for decision‐makers. We interviewed 84 senior environmental professionals in Canada working at the science‐policy interface to explore their confidence in, and use of, evidence syntheses within their organizations. Interviewees value evidence syntheses because they increase confidence in decision‐making, particularly for high‐profile or risky decisions. Despite this enthusiasm, the apparent lack of available syntheses for many environmental issues means that use can be limited and tends to be opportunistic. Our research suggests that if relevant, high quality evidence syntheses exist, they are likely to be used and embraced in decision‐making spheres. Therefore, efforts to increase capacity for conducting evidence syntheses within government agencies and/or funding such activities by external bodies have the potential to enable evidence‐based decision‐making.en_UK
dc.relationNyboer EA, Jacob AL, Lane JF, Browne D, Smith PA, Bennett JR, Rytwinski T, Prior K, Nguyen VM, Harron N, Young N, Thomas‐Walters L, Taylor JJ, Aitken SM & Auld G (2021) An optimistic outlook on the use of evidence syntheses to inform environmental decision-making. Conservation Science and Practice.
dc.rights© 2021 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectCanada, conservation social scienceen_UK
dc.subjectenvironmental decision‐makingen_UK
dc.subjectenvironmental policyen_UK
dc.subjectmixed methodsen_UK
dc.subjectnatural resource managementen_UK
dc.subjectsurvey dataen_UK
dc.titleAn optimistic outlook on the use of evidence syntheses to inform environmental decision-makingen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleConservation Science and Practiceen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderNatural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canadaen_UK
dc.contributor.funderCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Online Additional co-authors: Karen E. Smokorowski, Steven M. Alexander, Steven J. Cookeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationYellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiativeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCanadian Wildlife Serviceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEnvironment and Climate Change Canadaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationParks Canada Agencyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Ottawaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCarleton Universityen_UK
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