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Delivering Environmental Monitoring Data to Decision Makers CSIN Learning Event #22 Presentation by Carissa Wieler Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network

Mar 26, 2015

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Delivering Environmental Monitoring Data to Decision Makers CSIN Learning Event #22 Presentation by Carissa Wieler Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network Slide 2 Introductions Please spend 1 minute introducing yourself Please spend 1 minute introducing yourself Your name Your name Your area of work Your area of work Your interest in this topic Your interest in this topic Slide 3 Order of Introductions Barb Buckland, Environment Canada Barb Buckland, Environment Canada Bob Cox, BC Ecosystems Branch Bob Cox, BC Ecosystems Branch Bill Dalton, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Bill Dalton, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Nancy Doucet, Centre for Sustainable Watersheds Nancy Doucet, Centre for Sustainable Watersheds Marlene Doyle, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Marlene Doyle, Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Israel Dunmade, Mount Royal College, Alberta Israel Dunmade, Mount Royal College, Alberta Mattu Gevan, Environment Canada Mattu Gevan, Environment Canada Lynn Husted, BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection Lynn Husted, BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection Wendy Kalkan, Municipality of Pincher Creek, Alberta Wendy Kalkan, Municipality of Pincher Creek, Alberta Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council Tadeu Malheiros, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Tadeu Malheiros, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Tom Niemann, BC Ministry of Forests and Range Tom Niemann, BC Ministry of Forests and Range Lionel Normand, Toronto and Region Conservation Lionel Normand, Toronto and Region Conservation Carey Oglivie, Environment Canada Carey Oglivie, Environment Canada Andy Sharpe, Clean Annapolis River Project Andy Sharpe, Clean Annapolis River Project Luc Vescovi, Ouranos Luc Vescovi, Ouranos Slide 4 Premise for Research How can monitoring groups be more strategic about delivering their information to decision-makers? How can monitoring groups be more strategic about delivering their information to decision-makers? As part of that strategy, how can monitoring groups convert their data into information and knowledge in a way that can be used by decision-makers? As part of that strategy, how can monitoring groups convert their data into information and knowledge in a way that can be used by decision-makers? Slide 5 Research Goals To identify practices that enable community-based monitoring groups to successfully deliver their data to decision- makers. To identify practices that enable community-based monitoring groups to successfully deliver their data to decision- makers. To address both the push and the pull for environmental monitoring data. To address both the push and the pull for environmental monitoring data. Slide 6 Data Decision-Makers and Policy-Makers Community Based Monitoring Groups Slide 7 Sometimes, its hard to coordinate the push and pull even when theres a connection Slide 8 Research Protocol Literature review Literature review 15+ semi-structured interviews with 6 community monitoring groups: 15+ semi-structured interviews with 6 community monitoring groups: Rocky Mountain Trench National Resources Society, BC Rocky Mountain Trench National Resources Society, BC Arctic Borderland Ecological Knowledge Coop, Northern Canada Arctic Borderland Ecological Knowledge Coop, Northern Canada Black River First Nation / Tembec, Manitoba Black River First Nation / Tembec, Manitoba Monitoring the Moraine, ON Monitoring the Moraine, ON H2O Chelsea, ON H2O Chelsea, ON Atlantic Coastal Action Plan, Cape Breton Atlantic Coastal Action Plan, Cape Breton Slide 9 Research Outputs Training session at the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) National Science Meeting Training session at the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) National Science Meeting Paper and worksheets distributed via EMAN and CSIN Paper and worksheets distributed via EMAN and CSIN Slide 10 This Learning Event Opportunities for engagement: Ideas and practices for delivering data and knowledge to decision-makers Ideas and practices for delivering data and knowledge to decision-makers Feedback on approach and concepts Feedback on approach and concepts Slide 11 Who here is familiar with the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) and/or the Canadian Community Monitoring Network (CCMN)? Who here is familiar with the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) and/or the Canadian Community Monitoring Network (CCMN)? Who is planning on attending EMANs National Science Meeting in Winnipeg? Who is planning on attending EMANs National Science Meeting in Winnipeg? Quick Poll Slide 12 Slide 13 Slide 14 What is an impact strategy? proactiveadaptive It is proactive in nature, and adaptive in a public policy environment where priorities of governments and citizens can shift and change. real progress An impact strategy consists of the steps you take to ensure that the work you do will leverage real progress on key issues or concerns. Slide 15 An impact strategy builds on communications activities Impact Strategy Traditional Communications Activities Purpose Goal is to effect change and to identify your potential role as a change agent. Goal is to ensure people understand the findings and recommendations. Audience Small group of key actors and those who have access to those actors. Broader audiences. Timing Developed at the beginning of a monitoring and assessment process, monitored and adjusted throughout the process. Part of the impact strategy; usually implemented towards the end of the strategy when findings and recommendations are known. Slide 16 UNEPs Impact Strategy Adopted by the United Nations Environmental Protection Agency (UNEP) Adopted by the United Nations Environmental Protection Agency (UNEP) IISDs Knowledge and Communications Team developed this approach internally IISDs Knowledge and Communications Team developed this approach internally UNEP subsequently expressed interest in it UNEP subsequently expressed interest in it It is being applied in UNEPs Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Resource Book It is being applied in UNEPs Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) Resource Book A capacity building manual for integrated environmental assessment (IEA) A capacity building manual for integrated environmental assessment (IEA) Slide 17 Components of an Impact Strategy Creating the change statement. What you would like the impact of your monitoring data to be? Creating the change statement. What you would like the impact of your monitoring data to be? Relationship management. Identify the key actors and processes that you are seeking to influence, and build connections to them. Relationship management. Identify the key actors and processes that you are seeking to influence, and build connections to them. Knowledge management. Gather and analyze the data. Knowledge management. Gather and analyze the data. Opportunity management. Move the knowledge into the hands of those you want to influence. Opportunity management. Move the knowledge into the hands of those you want to influence. Monitoring and improvement. Determine whether your impact strategy is working, and adjust it as necessary. Monitoring and improvement. Determine whether your impact strategy is working, and adjust it as necessary. Slide 18 Step 1. What is the change you seek? Step 2. Who are the people and what are the processes that are positioned to have influence on the change? Step 3. What knowledge do they/we need? Step 4. What are the key opportunities to communicate? Step 5. Monitoring and Evaluation Slide 19 Impact Strategy Knowledge and Opportunity Management Relationship Management Push Pull Slide 20 Step 1. What is the change you seek? What would you like to see changed or done differently as a result of your monitoring? What would you like to see changed or done differently as a result of your monitoring? An impact statement may be broad, may identify key policy mechanisms, or may focus on one priority area. An impact statement may be broad, may identify key policy mechanisms, or may focus on one priority area. Slide 21 Examples of Change Statements A change statement may be broad, such as getting policy makers to use the data. A change statement may be broad, such as getting policy makers to use the data. Key departmental decision-makers will use the information gathered during the monitoring to develop policy priorities around integrated watershed management. (adapted from ACAP CARP) Slide 22 The change statement could identify key policy mechanisms. The change statement could identify key policy mechanisms. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) will declare the yellow lamp mussel a Red Listed Species, as a result of our monitoring work. (adapted from ACAP Cape Breton) Examples of Change Statements Slide 23 The change statement could focus on one key priority you want your findings to address. The change statement could focus on one key priority you want your findings to address. The municipality will use the information gathered from our monitoring to assess the performance of current water quality policies. (adapted from Monitoring the Moraine) Examples of Change Statements Slide 24 Step 1. What is the change you seek? Step 2. Who are the people and what are the processes that are positioned to have influence on the change? Step 3. What knowledge do they/we need? Step 4. What are the key opportunities to communicate? Step 5. Monitoring and Evaluation Slide 25 Step 2. Who are the people and what are the processes that are positioned to have an influence on the change you seek? (Relationship Management) What are the perspectives of those you want to reach? What are the perspectives of those you want to reach? How do these people acquire information? How do these people acquire information? Who do they trust? Who do they trust? Who are the people they listen to, and how can you reach th