Small Groups


Most of the workshop will take place in small group sessions, during which participants will create frameworks for and plan implementation of engagement activities. Participants will be assigned to these groups based on the selections they made during the application process. While it is anticipated that most participants will stay with the same small group during the workshop, there is some flexibility. For example, some participants may choose to work with more than one group, two or more small groups may choose to collaborate with each other on portions of their framework development, or one small group may split into two or more subgroups in order to work on related frameworks and activities.

Workshop participants may find the following resources useful before and during the workshop:
PowerPoint templates for small group report outs
Small Group Focus Areas
Small groups will begin meeting under the four main topics listed below. Following an organizational period, groups may further split into task teams that focus on developing frameworks to address specific objectives or audiences. Click on the name of each group for additional resources.

  • Task statement: We will carry the small group discussions under 5 broad frameworks, namely, extension, outreach, engagement, training, and synthesis for sustained assessment. All definitions (except for “synthesis for sustained assessment”) have been taken from NOAA’s Glossary of education-related terms.
Education, including K-12, college / university, interpretation, and informal education
  • Task statement: This group will focus on 1) creating an alignment between the relevant Next Generation Science Standards and the NCA’s Sectors, Sector Cross Cuts, Regional and Regional Cross Cuts, 2) beginning to identify educational resources from the reviewed CLEAN Collection that can support leveraging the NCA in formal and informal education, and 3) identifying avenues for engagement and dissemination to key formal and informal educational audiences through existing programs, projects and networks. 
Community Meetings, including

In-Person: General, Regional, or Sector-Focused
  • Task statement: This group will focus on identifying (1) key objectives for general public and topical community meetings on climate change, (2) institutions that might serve as conveners of such meetings, and (3) general and specific plans for community meetings that engage people in conversations about the impacts of climate change on communities. 
Virtual: Web-Based Seminars & Online Communities
  • Task statement: This group will focus on identifying: (1) existing web-based institutions, seminars, webinars, and online communities that might serve as conveners to virtually disseminate information provided in the NCA; (2) key objectives for general public and topical web-based seminars and online events on climate change; and (3) a plan with milestones for virtual events that engage people in conversations about the impacts of climate change on communities. 
Decision-Focused: Models, Uncertainty, and Decision Support
    • Task Statement: This group will focus on identifying potential next steps in evaluating the use of information provided in the assessment to assist decision makers. Topics could include: decision framing; confidence characterization and communication; guidelines and training for assessors; applications of and needs for cyberinfrastructure tools and capabilities to enable decision support. We hope to touch on progress made in the third NCA, needs identified through the process, and possible next steps to advance practice in future NCA activities.
Media Outreach, including print, online, and social media and digital distribution strategy
  • Task statement: The media outreach group will focus on identifying communities of practice and partner organizations that can help disseminate the report through their social media portals and via their networks. We will discuss how to effectively frame the NCA report to distinct communities of practice, how to most effectively harness social media to reach a wide audience, target deadlines and resources needed.
Public-Private Partnerships (note: this group will not meet until after lunch on Day 1)
  • Task statement: Questions this group might explore include: 1) What existing public-private partnerships (PPP) are in sync with the goals of NCA (informing the nation about the risks and possible responses to climate change)? 2) Is there a need for additional PPPs, and if so at what scale? 3) Would the convening power of the White House help in moving such efforts forward, and if so, how should we pursue this?