More information about NCAnet is available in "An Overview of NCAnet" and in this presentation from the NCAnet information sessions.
Levels of Partnership
Much of the stakeholder engagement of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) will be accomplished through a network of partner organizations that can extend the NCA process and products to a broader audience. In the largest sense, this “network of networks” (NCAnet) will include all of the organizations that deliberately work to connect the NCA with a broad array of stakeholders. More specifically, the NCA is also seeking to build long-term capacity to conduct and use assessments by cultivating partnerships with organizations that will participate in the sustained assessment process. The NCA has identified four levels of partnership for organizations within NCAnet:
Sustained process partners will be engaged in establishing and facilitating ongoing dialogue between the NCA, producers of information used in assessments, and users of assessments. Sustained process partners might work with individuals and groups within their own network(s) to develop and update technical inputs, provide and track case studies of climate impacts or human responses to climate change, identify and maintain important data sources, hold workshops or support ongoing discussions focused on specific assessment topics, create educational and outreach materials drawing on the findings of the NCA, or analyze the capacity of the NCA and its partners to conduct and support the use of assessments.
Contributing partners are those that are interested in and able to make specific contributions of technical inputs or assessment capacity, but are not able or do not wish to establish a sustained link to the NCA. Contributing partners might work with individuals and groups within their own network(s) to develop technical inputs, provide case studies of climate impacts or human responses to climate change, identify important data sources, hold workshops focused on specific assessment topics, create educational and outreach materials drawing on the findings of the NCA, or conduct focused analyses of NCA processes and products.
Communication partners will be engaged primarily in spreading the word about the NCA process and products, but will not play a direct role in creating products or offering assessment capacity to the NCA. Communication partners might provide space in their newsletters to announce NCA-related activities and requests, assist the NCA in identifying and contacting key representatives within their own networks that might contribute to assessment processes and products, or otherwise provide a conduit between the NCA and their stakeholders, but such partnership would be primarily on an ad hoc basis.
Federal partners represent individual programs within agencies, interagency efforts, and other federally-led activities that align with the objectives of the NCA and NCAnet. Federal partners may work with the NCA and NCAnet partners to coordinate efforts on topics of mutual concern, including on development of a variety of technical inputs and assessment capacities.
Introductory sessions providing an overview of NCAnet for potential partners provide an opportunity to learn more about NCAnet and ask questions about the network. Upcoming sessions will be held on:
All of the sessions are held at the US Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006 and are available via webinar for those outside of the DC area. To register for one of these sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject NCAnet.
Previous information sessions were held on the following dates:
If your organization is interested in learning more about NCAnet, but you were unable to attend the above-listed sessions, please contact Emily Therese Cloyd, NCA Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com.