Connect your research to the world

This checklist is designed to help you think about who your research is most relevant to and how to successfully engage that target audience through outreach activities.

Make sure community engagement is in place

  • The project team has identified relevant parties who are affected by the research or who are stakeholders in the outcomes.
  • The need for the project was developed through consultation with key stakeholders and communities.
  • Communities and key stakeholders are committed to the project and are included in outreach and/or meaningful collaborative research.
  • Encourage and incorporate knowledge from indigenous and other local residents, and use best practices. For guidance, see the National Sea Grant Traditional and Local Knowledge vision PDF, pages 21 and 22.

Outreach activities should target relevant stakeholders or communities

  • Key outreach outcomes are clearly articulated. Who and approximately how many people will be engaged in what types of ways? What will they learn about the project and its results? How do you expect them to apply the results?
  • Methods of dissemination of information are identified, appropriate, and likely to be effective in the community or communities.
  • Methods for evaluating outreach success are specified.
  • The project team has outreach expertise or an education partner.
  • If Alaska Native or other cultural groups are targeted, the proposal demonstrates cultural respect and partnerships with existing organizations.
  • Appropriate consultation with educators has occurred to ensure that what is proposed is feasible and that lesson plans or other educational resources developed for project outreach will be used, if outreach to K-12 teachers or students is proposed.

Also consider ...

  • Costs are specified and realistic.
  • Outreach plan includes a reasonable timeline of activities.
  • Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents or other staff have been consulted.
  • Partnerships will not create conflicts of interest in terms of favoring viewpoints of particular stakeholders.
  • The proposed outreach will not duplicate work already being done by someone else.

Alaska Sea Grant can help

Alaska Sea Grant has resources to help you with:

  • development and production of publications, videos, websites, and other outreach or education products
  • coordination of meetings and workshops
  • release of information to news media

See also For Scientists: How COSEE Alaska Can Help You.

For outreach to K–12 teachers or students, contact Alaska Sea Grant about effective strategies and the development and dissemination of educational resources.