Expert Report

Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Update to the Strategic Plan Document (2016)

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This report reviews a draft update to the U.S. Global Change Research Program's 2012 Strategic Plan, finding that overall the Program is moving forward well and that the draft Update identifies a number of critical research questions and strategies to address needs for science-based information on global change.

However, the report notes that the draft Update does not yet outline priorities for meeting urgent information needs, nor does it identify areas where scientific opportunities are greatest. The committee identified five broad focus areas where the Update could be strengthened to help the Program better meet the changing information needs of decision-makers over coming years. These include:
* better interaction with stakeholders and a greater recognition of the role of U.S. Global Change Research Program as a boundary organization
* clearer articulation of research accomplishments
* more engagement of the research and user communities in developing priorities and an analysis of what has been learned from previous interactions
* clearer articulation of current priorities and the rationale for those priorities, and
* a review of advances in the integration of social science research pertinent to global change.