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Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities
The use of the results of the recommended research is likely to depend significantly on the quality of communication between researchers and the potential users of their findings. Particularly because much of the recommended research would be locally based, communications networks will be important for promoting the diffusion of insights from such research to other places where they might be applied. Government agencies concerned with the widespread application of the recommended research should therefore also consider providing support and encouragement to efforts to establish ongoing communication between the producers and potential users of research pursuing this science priority. Such efforts might be organized by existing organizations, such as consumer groups, trade associations, or associations of local governments, which might create networks of researchers and practitioners, invite researchers to meetings of possible research users, or develop other innovative communication mechanisms.