The WRC 'Knowledge Tree'
A fundamental guiding framework and corporate planning tool for the WRC's operations at the beginning of its fifth decade is the construct of the WRC Knowledge Tree. The tree metaphor reflects strength in foundation (i.e., ‘roots’ firmly embedded in sound knowledge) and strong growth (i.e., ‘branches and leaves’ growing vigorously from this knowledge). It also acts as a yardstick with which to measure the WRC’s impact in key domains.
Each of the Knowledge Tree strategic outcome-oriented goals provides a specific priority categorisation for the WRC’s projects and activities. Each has its own kind of contribution to the Government Outcomes, either directly or indirectly. The goals are not mutually exclusive. For example, a ‘new product’ may be a ‘sustainable development solution’ that ‘empowers communities’ and ‘informs policy and decision making’.
The guiding principle is that every WRC project will strive to achieve as many of the WRC Knowledge Tree outcomes as reasonably possible. This applies within the project, to post-project actions, and to follow-on projects.