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Navigating the space between policy and practice: Toward a typology of collaborators in a federal land management agency

August 11, 2022

Navigating the space between policy and on-the-ground natural resource management presents unique challenges. We interviewed 22 U.S. Bureau of Land Management Field Office Managers to understand their perceptions toward, and applications of, collaboration with public and private stakeholders. Interviews were transcribed and open-coded using qualitative data analysis software. Then, each interview was represented visually using the MaxQDA MaxMaps feature. We deductively coded each visual model and created a typology based on a mix of salient traits exhibited by each group. Differences emerged in each group’s approach to teaching and learning; communication style; attitude toward collaboration; attention to relational and substantive outcomes; and the ability to create space within the agency mission to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Findings can help agencies navigate the challenges associated with aligning agency directives with on-the-ground realities in different contexts when collaborators exhibit different traits.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Navigating the space between policy and practice: Toward a typology of collaborators in a federal land management agency
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2022.2109086
Authors Nina Burkardt, Rebecca Thomas
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Society and Natural Resources
Index ID 70239771
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center