HARC provides the information, data, and tools necessary to improve decision-making about issues that affect human well-being and the environment.
HARC’s multidisciplinary, applied, and integrated approach differentiates its research from that of universities. HARC research differs from that of advocacy organizations due to the objective, non-partisan values to which HARC is committed. At the same time, HARC research is more proactive and less constrained than that pursued by government agencies or corporations.
HARC delivers excellence in the following.
- Big Picture Analysis. Many organizations invest in collecting large amounts of data that are under-analyzed. HARC has skills and experience in using data management and analytics to convert large quantities of data into meaningful information.
- Technology Applications. HARC creates value-added information technology tools and applications pertaining to sustainability. HARC also delivers excellence in mechanical and material technology development and assessment involving equipment or systems that benefit the environment.
- Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement. HARC collaborates with institutions and individuals from the private sector, government, community groups, and academia to identify problems and investigate the scientific and policy basis for solutions. HARC maintains relationships with multiple organizations to ensure that our work has an effect on decision-making related to sustainability.
- Policy Development Support. HARC provides the scientific foundation for better policy decisions through reliance on a multidisciplinary team structure, mediation between the research community and society, maintenance of a broad and deep sustainability knowledge base, and deployment of appropriate communication and technology solutions.
- Research & Program Management. HARC manages large, multi-year research efforts; coordinating the work of multiple partners to execute projects on scope, on time and on budget, delivering consistently high quality work products and services.
Using this unique skill set, HARC researchers conduct timely, focused research on a set of questions central to understanding the interactions between the environment and society.