COMPASS approaches its work through several specialized teams, however we also have a strong emphasis on cross-team collaboration. For every project we take on, the planning process accounts for how best to engage the expertise and connections of our COMPASS colleagues.
The Communications Team helps scientists develop the skills they need to engage journalists and other non-scientist audiences. If science is not in the news, it is not seen as a social priority, and scientists have the potential to be the best spokespeople for their own research.
The Science Team ensures that the latest science informs, frames, and catalyzes ocean policy discussions. We synthesize existing science, seed new collaborations and jumpstart new ideas to advance the science and create opportunities to connect science to decision makers.
The Policy Team works to make science useful to policy and management by connecting scientists directly with decision makers, both nationally and regionally. In the process, scientists gain a better understanding of policy needs and can develop their research plans accordingly, while policymakers can make use of the perspectives and specialized knowledge that scientists bring to a discussion.
COMPASS is a sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.