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    You can ask for help with applied fire social sciences and the other human dimensions of wildland fire management. Most of the services will require payment of a fee of some kind but a few services are free. When the problem is more complex or time-consuming HDFSS will provide you with an estimate of costs or direct you to researchers within experiment stations, universities, or commercial firms who might be able to do the work you require.

    Look over the kinds of services you can request from HDFSS. Use the contact form and select the subject "Request a Service." A representative of HDFSS will contact you to discuss the assistance you need and give you a cost estimate or guide you to other places where you can get the assistance you need.

    You can get quick answers to some questions by using the contact form and selecting "Ask-a-Scientist" or "Ask-a-Manager."

    Services Available

    Simple Bibliographies: Usually we will be able to provide you with a search of the relevant published literature targeting the problem you are working on without charge. You will receive a list of the publications and the information needed to get copies from the internet or a library. The simple bibliography is only a list of the published research found in an electronic search. The studies included are not summarized or evaluated for quality. Bibliographies developed in response to your request will be posted under Publications on this site. You may want to see if an appropriate bibliography has already been prepared. You can access copies of prepared bibliographies from this site.

    Annotated Bibliographies and Reading Lists: In these bibliographies, each study found is reviewed and the results are summarized with reference to the problem on which you are working. In the simplest form, a paragraph or two are written by the authors of the bibliography describing the research findings or the conclusions and recommendations of non-research literature.  In more detailed annotated bibliographies, the contents are organized into categories and the findings summarized by category.  Annotated bibliographies can be prepared for research reports or professional and trade reports and theory articles. Annotated bibliographies also include all the information you will need to find the original articles on the internet or at a library.

    Narrative Literature Reviews: In narrative literature reviews, the authors seek to find the best quality research and theoretical literature targeting a fire management problem. They then evaluate each study for relevance and quality. The authors bring together different findings and describe state-of-the-art knowledge on the subject as it is applied to fire management problems. Narrative literature reviews also include simple bibliographies.

    Systematic Reviews: Systematic reviews are detailed, focused literature reviews that attempt to find all the research literature relevant to a specific management problem and assess the quality of the study designs, statistical analyses, and conclusions. The search for research is more intense and complete, often involving searching references cited in all the studies reviewed for new sources and contacting researchers to uncover reports not published in the research journals. The results of many different quantitative studies can often be combined through a process of meta-analysis to determine how well generalizations are supported by the data. Systematic reviews produce recommendations for applications of research results that are specific to practical problems.  Each recommendation includes an estimation of the degree of confidence users can place in the findings.

    Assistance Writing Requests for Proposals: Fire managers sometimes find that they need to contract for applied social science services, such as social or economic assessments, to be included in environmental analyses of one kind or another. The need for monitoring and evaluation is stressed in fire management policy. You can request assistance with the preparation of requests for proposals, evaluation of proposals you receive in response to published RFPs, and advice on working with research contractors.

    Study Design: Sometimes you will want to conduct your own data collection and analysis when monitoring the effectiveness of fire management actions being done under adaptive management. Very often such monitoring will include collection and analysis of social science data. You can request help with study design and data analysis procedures that will provide you with reliable and valid results. Design help is available for both quantitative and qualitative studies. Sampling, statistical analysis, questionnaire design, content analysis, focus groups, and observational studies are some of the kinds of help you may seek.