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CLIMAS Project and Program Evaluation

CLIMAS Project and Program Evaluation

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CLIMAS, like all the members of the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, has a primary goal of providing relevant climate-related research to support decision making in our region. A fundamental, though frequently overlooked, element of this type of socially engaged research is evaluation of the program and its constituent projects to understand whether we effectively connect climate science with decision makers; learn about the integrative activities that work and why they work; demonstrate successes to funding agencies, stakeholders, and the public; and improve the overall program. Dan Ferguson and Gigi Owen are leading this project and program evaluation effort, but all CLIMAS researchers are involved to first develop and articulate an overarching program theory of CLIMAS, then develop and monitor metrics that allow us to understand how the program and its projects are functioning.