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Impact study of the estuarine research and related activities funded by the Water Research Commission
Expanded Title:An analysis framework was developed which incorporates the perspectives of research funders, research producers and research users and included a set of indicators of research impact. Empirical data were gathered from experts using an internet-based questionnaire system. These data were supplemented with information from story-telling, selected personal interviews and a survey of the published literature. The survey instrument allowed the easy creation, dissemination, collection and analysis of survey results. The professional package also allows users to download survey results to a spreadsheet package, create reports and compare survey results and responses across the sample of respondents. The study found the following: • The Water Research Commission has provided strategic direction and has been the principal funder for estuaries research for at least fifteen years. It must be largely credited with the credible scientific understanding and competence that has emerged in South Africa • Estuaries research supported by funding from the WRC in particular, but also by the DWAF and NRF, has had a significant and positive effect nationally and locally on the management of estuaries. • The WRC approach to support for research is singular in that it has encouraged and provided opportunity for innovation whilst at the same time facilitating alignment with reality through feedback from managers.
Date Published:01/02/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biodiversity protection
Document Keywords:Policy and regulation, Environment, Health
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 257/10
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0068-9
Authors:Breen C; Roux D; Crafford JG; Downsborough L
Project Leader:Breen C
Project No:K8/919
Originator:WRC
Document Size:1 146 KB
Attachments:TABLE OF CONTENT KV 257.pdf
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