In the race for generating data to carry out scientific studies and publish reports, we tend to forget that end-users of such studies or reports are often the employees of state and Central departments. For them to understand the message from the report and the scientific process behind the conclusion, it is essential to make them a part of the studies right from the word ‘go’.
The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) recently launched two studies for the city of Bengaluru: Emission Inventory and Pollution Reduction Strategies for Bengaluru and Identification of Polluting Sources for Bengaluru – Source Apportionment Study.
However, for a think tank like us, carrying out scientific studies and putting the findings out in the public domain is not the end of the task. The implications of the research findings need to be explained to government departments for effective and timely implementation of remedial measures to bring about actual change at the ground level.