Assessment of adaptation, policy, and capacity building outcomes from 14 processes
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Assessment of adaptation, policy, and capacity building outcomes from 14 processes

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    Environmental Science & Policy
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    In the US alone, there are over 200 tools that support climate adaptation planning, along with a large number of case studies documenting their use. Systematic assessment of processes can provide important benefits, including justification for action and expenditures, promotion of learning and adaptive management, accountability, and ensuring "fit" with other goals. There are very few such assessments in the context of climate adaptation planning, despite of the emphasis on the development and use of planning tools by federal and state agencies, university researchers, and non-profit organizations.

    We undertook an effort to assess the outcomes resulting from fourteen applications of the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) process, which we helped develop and implement. We explored the perceived value and the measurable performance outcomes of VCAPS at both individual and community scales occurring 3-10 years after the processes were conducted, allowing participants to take a broader view of "success" and reflect on how different forms of success emerged over time. Although the assessment of each case is based on a small number of interviews, we learned that VCAPS informed plans and decisions of municipalities and actions and decisions of other public and private actors, generated broader suppon for subsequent actions, helped efforts co secure/seek funding for climate adaptation actions, developed material resources to support planning, and promoted learning among participants.

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    Environ Sci & Pol., 114: 275-282
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