Application & Linkage Program: Supporting and managing research adoption
Like other Cooperative Research Centres, the AB-CRC focusses on applied research and the adoption of research outcomes is fundamental to our success. The Application & Linkage Program (A&L) is one of the three core programs at the AB-CRC and it provides a strong supporting structure for adoption of the Centre’s research.
Our research portfolio generates knowledge and tools that are relevant to the animal health, public health and environment sectors. The AB-CRC uses its research outcomes to inform or influence national and international policy and practices for social, economic and environmental benefit.
A&L team members work hand-in-hand with researchers and stakeholders, drawing on the researchers and stakeholders’ science backgrounds, hands-on research experience, and postgraduate qualifications in research management, education and/or communication to help coordinate and improve adoption outcomes.
Knowledge exchange is a collaborative process that encourages problem solving between researchers and end users. The goal is to develop two-way lines of communication between researchers and end users, for mutual benefit and learning through the entire research project, including the application of existing and/or new knowledge in decision making.
The AB-CRC has developed, through wide consultation with its members, an innovative and dynamic knowledge exchange strategy to:
- enhance communication networks in the biosecurity arena
- facilitate effective research collaborations within the AB-CRC
- facilitate effective dissemination and uptake of new knowledge arising from AB-CRC activities
- inform the strategic directions of the AB-CRC
The A&L team pro-actively assesses new research and education opportunities and uses designated knowledge brokers from selected partner networks and research projects/programs to facilitate linkages and communication, all of which assists in effective knowledge exchange.
Funding is available to support knowledge exchange and includes research or education scoping exercises, workshops, and customised communication packages. Contact A&L Director Deb Cousins for more information.