Evaluating Co-Produced Climate Science:
developing metrics and measures
While there are many agencies involved in the provisioning of climate services in the United States, there are several that have begun addressing a specific need for applied climate research, which focus on outputs that are termed “usable climate science.” These are often 1) directed at a specific stakeholder group or need and 2) use a co-production of knowledge approach, that to varying degrees, involves the stakeholder in the development of the research question, research design, data collection, and the format of final research outputs. While there is a growing belief that this approach is more likely to produce climate science that is both usable and relevant to informing management decisions, how to evaluate the success of this approach has not been fully addressed. In this workshop, we propose to gather researchers from the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (RISA) community, Department of InteriorClimate Science Centers, extension services, and other relevant sectors that have been working, for the most part, independently on these evaluation questions. With the support of evaluation experts from other sectors, we aim to aggregate our efforts and also significantly expand frameworks for evaluating usable climate science at the programmatic, project, and process levels.