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Chief Executive Officer
Nov
27

Demonstrating impact vital

As we approach the end of the year it is useful to reflect on where we have come from during 2017 and where we are going. I will discuss some more of these big ticket items in my next blog, but at this stage it is worth noting that compared to this time last year, the focus in the board and management has changed in many ways.

Last year we were really talking about building the momentum, ensuring that the research outputs were being produced and noting the areas that had already had had an impact. This year two main topics dominate the thinking in the CRC office and Board: disciplined utilisation and the future for research in the sector.

As discussed by John Bates in his blog, the focus on discipled utilisation of the great research we have created is a very high priority for the CRC. We must be able to translate what we have done into useful and ‘impactful’ outcomes. We must influence policy and practice. This is not optional; it is what we are about. There will be no future research if we do not achieve this.

The Board has a focus on what comes beyond the current funding period of the CRC and how can we ensure that the momentum, capability and capacity we have worked so hard to build can be maintained. This is particularly important as we are not eligible to rebid under the existing guidelines of the CRC Program.

The Board recently approved a new transition plan that has four main areas of focus over the next three years:

  • Demonstration of value – the CRC continues to deliver and demonstrate value to all its partners
  • Building the case – to create the compelling investment case for the future research
  • Obtaining commitment – to fund activities beyond the current funding period
  • Delivering on start-up – define the mechanics of transition

We all have a part to play in this, and the time for action is now!

We must be able to demonstrate how and where we have had impact, and this is why it is so vitally important to acknowledge the work of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC - this applies to researchers and end-users alike. It is so easy to drop off the CRC reference and acknowledgement when reporting, but that is an opportunity lost.

So, let’s all embrace Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as a mark of quality and informed policy and practice.   

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2017
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2016
Author Post Key Topics
Dr Richard Thornton A new research agenda coastal, governance, recovery
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2015
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2014
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2013
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