Climate Change

 

In 2010 an independent evaluation of the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) was undertaken. The key findings from the analyses were:

  • Clear and decisive leadership in responding to emerging national priorities is critical

 

  • A broad partnership of stakeholders with specific allocated roles is vital at the start of such a new and emerging programme: however, over time, it is important to seek to break down the issues and revise governance arrangements accordingly

 

  • For emerging new areas of work, there are significant advantages in working collaboratively, including economies of scale in research and evidence, the ability to share best practice and the opportunity for partners to focus on differing priorities whilst remaining aware of the entirety of the programme

 

  • Communication and engagement is critical to delivering the scale of cultural change needed: work at the regional level needs to complement national activity and be consistent with that of local organisations

 

  • The creation of a dedicated multi-agency team to deliver the plan assists significantly, through bringing together different skills, networks, and building a consultative and open approach by all stakeholders

 

  • Focus should be given to drawing in private funding, especially for the demonstration projects, through stressing the economic benefits of reducing costs and risks

 

  • Managing large, interconnected change programmes, such as the CCAP, is complex and challenges existing performance management systems. Care should be taken at the outset to ensure that appropriate metrics are in place, or developed quickly, to enable all outcomes to be evaluated and compared fully