Flooding: social science evidence synthesis

Start date:
August 2013
January 2014

Brook Lyndhurst and Collingwood Environmental Planning, supported by Nigel Watson, were commissioned by Defra to carry out an exploratory research project on local ownership and management of flood risk. The research involved the synthesis of existing social science evidence and practitioner experience, and the identification of gaps in the existing knowledge.

The project consisted of six phases:

  • Phase 1 of the project entailed a ‘scoping and visualisation workshop', attended by key policy makers, to define the role of the evidence synthesis and its scope. Attendees’ input was used to collectively identify policy challenges, and the research questions were developed from the responses gathered at the workshop.
  • Phase 2 involved the preliminary evidence synthesis, following the development of the research questions and framework in collaboration with the steering group, and the identification of the key sources to be reviewed. A number of interviews and case studies were also conducted as part of the synthesis.
  • Phase 3 was two themed workshops, based on the themes identified in phases 1 and 2. These were attended by key stakeholders from relevant sectors, from both policy development and delivery.
  • Phase 4 allowed the findings from phase 3 to be incorporated into the overall synthesis, and involved the finalisation of the evidence synthesis.
  • Phases 5 and 6 consisted of a final workshop, to identify gaps in existing knowledge, and a dissemination workshop to discuss the findings of the synthesis with policy teams.

The report from this research has now been published and is available to download (for free) using the links in the centre column of this page.


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