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An introduction to weADAPT

  1. 1. weADAPT: A community-driven platform for climate change adaptation Knowledge Management Team Sukaina Bharwani Julia Barrott Christina Daszkiewicz Ruth Butterfield Richard Taylor Robin Hocquet
  2. 2. SEI Oxford Team
  3. 3. Agenda • The challenge • What can weADAPT do for you? • Supporting decision-making, inspiring action and building capacity • LEARN: What others are doing • SHARE: Increase the visibility of your work • CONNECT: Networks, Communities of Practice and knowledge for longer-term legacy • How can you get involved? "We reached out to weADAPT given their connection/reach and credibility in the adaptation community to share our work. The “incentive” for us was to immediately gain access among a significant member base." Network Editor - March, 2021
  4. 4. Information overload: Leads to confusion, replication and redundancy weADAPT vision: To accelerate learning, collaboration and climate action The climate change adaptation challenge
  5. 5. weADAPT.org
  6. 6. Focus on learning and peer to peer connections • Sharing knowledge and lessons learned • Promoting/enabling peer-to-peer discussion, networking & collaboration User-driven • User-contributed content • Quality assurance by expert editors • Distributed model, managed by SEI Open, accessible, user-friendly… • Diverse, multidisciplinary, global community 6500+ Members 1300+ Organisations 1700+ Articles 700+ Case studies 6500+ Twitter followers 4000+ Facebook followers Learn, Share & Connect Consistently voted in the top 3 climate change adaptation platforms (Adaptation Futures survey, 2016, 2018)
  7. 7. Who, what, where?
  8. 8. Downloads with year and stats Visibility for contributor; links to profile to support networking Visibility for organisation(s) Keyword tags for enhanced searches Increase visibility of research
  9. 9. Increase visibility of research and practice
  10. 10. Accelerating learning and capacity development
  11. 11. Identifying growing areas of research
  12. 12. Accelerating learning through curated open-source training material
  13. 13. Discussion forums
  14. 14. Creating impact
  15. 15. Social media and outreach
  16. 16. Newsletters
  17. 17. Global reach in 2020
  18. 18. weADAPT is: • Open to all and free to use • Representative of all, though it is challenging to gain contributions from grass roots… • Focuses on learning and peer to peer connections • Makes connections between relevant topic spaces to reduces silos "Everytime we release a knowledge product we immediately go to weADAPT because we know they are such an important platform in this area" - Theme Editor March, 2021
  19. 19. How can you get involved? • Register on weADAPT: • https://www.weadapt.org/join-weadapt • Become a contributor • Add an article or case study about your research • Share learning resources that you have developed (or find useful!) • Become an Editor and highlight new areas of research e.g. health • Highlight weADAPT to your networks (we can offer training!) • Spark a discussion in our forums • Use weADAPT to discover new content and connect with new partners for proposals and new research • Find an overview of weADAPT services: weadapt.org/services
  20. 20. Our work with partners: developing new services? Building on weADAPT technology and know-how
  21. 21. Facilitating learning amongst networks and connecting Communities of Practice: Microsites https://www.weadapt.org/microsites https://wetransform.dev/ https://adaptationwithoutborders.org/
  22. 22. Supporting decision-making and inspiring climate action ISDB Climate Change Knowledge Hub - https://cckh.weadapt.org Ouranos' Energy Adaptation Map - https://energyadaptation.ouranos.ca
  23. 23. Multiple designs, levels of complexity and interaction https://adaptationataltitude.org
  24. 24. Collaborating to deliver new services
  25. 25. Supporting knowledge legacy – a variety of formats
  26. 26. Tools
  27. 27. Packaging and tailoring information to make it 'useable'- Tandem
  28. 28. Connecting knowledge across-platforms - interoperability and standardisation for enhanced 'search and discovery'
  29. 29. Get involved! • Your SEI user-driven climate change adaptation platform o We can offer centre/topic-specific training • Increase the visibility of your work! o Share an article or case study o Manage a theme or network o Increase the legacy of knowledge products beyond the project life cycle • Start a microsite for your new project. • Develop tools for climate change adaptation research, policy and practice. "If I had known about weADAPT microsites, I would not have built our own platform – it should not be started from scratch" - Microsite manager, Feb, 2021.
  30. 30. Thank you! Any questions?

Editor's Notes

  • SB
  • SB
    The challenge
    Information overload leads to confusion, redundancy and replication
    WeADAPT's vision is to address this by standardising how we share information, with the aim of accelerating learning, supporting knowledge integration, breaking down silos and increasing coordination and collaboration.
  • JB
    weADAPT is a distributed global knowledge sharing platform for climate change adaptation (and links with mitigation), where content is contributed by and peer-reviewed with partners from many organizations globally. The platform is managed and coordinated by SEI.

    Supporting the climate change adaptation community to learn, to share their experiences and lessons learned and to connect with one another.

    We use the platform to support learning, collaboration and coordination in various ways…

    Quick overview:

     Open, accessible, user-friendly…

    Anyone can contribute to the platform with their projects and climate change adaptation activities, from small community-based organizations to big international NGOs, and receive the same visibility both on weADAPT and through our social media outreach. 

    Combines many different knowledge types, at different scales and supporting decisions on different time horizons.

    Content is user contributed and focuses on sharing lessons learned. User-driven.

    This is peer reviewed by a distributed network of expert editors whom we partner with.

    Focus on learning and peer to peer connections, discussion, networking and collaboration.

    Capacity development is a big part of weADAPT’s role e.g. providing guidance on: understanding the uncertainty in climate information; undertaking climate and social vulnerability assessments; identifying and appraising adaptation options; and, supporting climate risk communication.

    Large and diverse user base, both in terms of role and nationality – ranges from government officers, planners and policy advisors to climate scientists and researchers, master students and practitioners.

    Diverse, multidisciplinary, global community.

    One of top three most used knowledge platforms according to 300+ respondents at Adaptation Futures 2016 and 2018.

    Microsites service – can build any website on top of weADAPT technology, at a fraction of the normal cost. This allows direct linkages to be made to our audience, content, social media and users. Example microsites are: Adaptation without Borders, weTRANSFORM, Islamic Development Bank Country Knowledge Hub, and several sites developed for projects funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).


  • JB
    [add: maps of people/countries covered; newsletter stats and map]

    More than a knowledge database – also a place for networking and discussion. Have user profiles so people can connect to ask questions and explore collaboration.

     Opportunities to find and learn from others, collaborations [beyond a receptive]
  • JB
    [map with climate stations]

    objectives, governance, target audience, contents, key features and tools, sources and providers of information, stakeholder interactions, statistics

    Focus on learning and peer to peer connections
    Distributed model, managed by SEI
    Open to all / representative of all, [though it is challenging to gain contributions from grass roots…]
    Contributions from community; Quality assurance by expert editors
    Making connections between relevant topic spaces

    case studies, papers, blogs, reports, guidance documents, e-learning courses, interactive resources, project descriptions, networks, themes…

  • SB objectives, governance, target audience, contents, key features and tools, sources and providers of information, stakeholder interactions, statistics


  • Not just sharing other's work – trying to package/broker knowledge to make it more appealing, useable, and accessible.

    Examples:
    - guidance to help support using of climate data provided through weADAPT's integration with the Climate Information Portal run by CSAG, UCT.
    - introductory articles
  • CD
    Would be good to include articles in other languages in the presentation?
  • CD
    Hi Sukaina, I discussed with Nicole and we thought that the best way to frame the inclusion of the human mobility theme here would be in the context of growing areas of research and creating new themes based on gaps that were identified. Based on this, we could mention that this topic is a growing research interest within SEI and part of SEI Asia's strategy (need to double check)
  • RB
    Last year the team secured some Sida funding to update training material on weADAPT. The Climate Adapatation Training Theme was upgraded to a protheme, with subcategories based in the PROVIA approach... etc..
    Learning material already in other themes was repackaged with an Annotation to give immediate access to readers of what to expect from the article – Guidance, online course, 101 article, introductory videos to tools, etc,  time commitment, level etc. The article also has a fixed structure – including who is this useful for, insit, background  and learning outcomes.
    Material was updated from that already on platform, across SEI e.g. Asia MOOCS and discussion with current partners with suitable learning resources  e.g. ….plus external searches.
  • CD
  • SB
    Map – users in 2020 from more than 5000 cities in more than 200 countries and territories globally.
  • From other slides:
    Focus on learning and peer to peer connections
    Distributed model, managed by SEI
    Open to all / representative of all, [though it is challenging to gain contributions from grass roots…]
    Contributions from community; Quality assurance by expert editors
    Making connections between relevant topic spaces
  • SB
  • JB
    We also use this tagging technology to connect and control content that appears on weADAPT microsites. 
    weADAPT mircosites are fully customisable websites that benefit from all the technology on weADAPT and weADAPT’s knowledge base and networks. 
    These are some recent examples that are supporting major initiatives in SEI.
    We host 6 microsites including 2 SEI programmes of work. These are: 
    Adaptation without Borders, and 
    weTRANSFORM. 
  • SB & RT

    IsDB's Climate Change Knowledge Hub
    Ouranos' Energy Adaptation Map 
    SDC's Adaptation at Altitude project
    Royal Roads University Adaptation Learning Network

  • JB
    We also use this tagging technology to connect and control content that appears on weADAPT microsites. 
    weADAPT mircosites are fully customisable websites that benefit from all the technology on weADAPT and weADAPT’s knowledge base and networks. 
    These are some recent examples that are supporting major initiatives in SEI.
    We host 6 microsites including 2 SEI programmes of work. These are: 
    Adaptation without Borders, and 
    weTRANSFORM. 
  • JB
  • SB
  • SB
  • CD
  • Photo by Ivan Bandura on Unsplash 
  • CD

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