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Skape Meeting : Steve Yearley on Analysing the IPCC's implicit model of 'policy impact'

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Skape Meeting : Steve Yearley on Analysing the IPCC's implicit model of 'policy impact'
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Date and Time
28th Sep 2016 12:00 - 28th Sep 2016 13:00
Location
Chrystal Macmillan Building, Room 2.15
URL
http://www.skape.ed.ac.uk/research/meetings/2016_2017/skape_meeting_steve_yearley_on_analysing_the_ipccs_implicit_model_of_policy_impact

Abstract

This paper draws on interview data, document analysis and comparative national case-analyses to examine the IPCC’s practical attempts at producing science-informed policy outputs. It indicates that, contrary to what one would anticipate, little is known about the way the principal outputs from the IPCC process are taken up and used, even in countries – such as the UK and Norway – which are supportive of the IPCC’s work. The IPCC is committed to producing policy-relevant work, yet there are few studies or evaluations of how its work does inform or influence policy. The paper indicates also that this lack of attention to the practicalities of policy relevance extends to the IPCC itself, for there is little information on the extent to which IPCC documents’ impact on policy is tracked. Nor is it clear how this information is fed forward into the process of review or the design of assessment cycles. A systematic empirical analysis of the ways in which IPCC reports are taken up by various stakeholders in diverse socio-cultural and national political contexts can provide guidance to IPCC for reflection and learning, and help guide future assessments.