Research Process and Timeline

Risk and stakeholder assessments, and their relationship to role-play simulation workshops
  • MAY-JUNE 2013 Game workshops. We hosted the first game workshop in all each of our 4 partner towns. In each town, we engaged 15-20 participants and collected data via before and after surveys. 
    • Public survey. We also completed a public survey with 100 randomly selected individuals in each town to gather baseline data on public sentiments about regarding climate change risks, adaptation, and related issues.
  • JULY-AUGUST 2013 Game workshops. We will host one or two more game workshops in each of our partner towns by the end of August. We hope to engage a diverse range of stakeholders at each of these events in order to capture diverse perspectives and to simulate interesting conversation. At each workshop, we will administer before and after surveys.
    • July 24 role-play simulation educator's training in Wells, ME. We will be hosting a role-play simulation "train-the-trainer" event for educators at the Wells Reserve as part of a larger workshop for teachers.
    • Follow-up interviews with workshop participants. 4-6 weeks after each workshop, our MIT team will conduct interviews with 20-30% of workshop participants to gather research data.
  • SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2013 Game workshops. We will host more workshops in each town, with the goal of engaging a total of 150-200 people in our workshops in each town by the end of 2013. We anticipate this will require about 3-5 more workshops in each town during the fall. At each event, we will administer before and after surveys.
    • Follow-up interviews with workshop participants. 4-6 weeks after each workshop, our MIT team will conduct interviews with 20-30% of workshop participants to collect research data.
    • Debriefing meeting with key stakeholders in each town. Consensus Building Institute staff will meet with town partners and other key stakeholders in each town during September or October. At these meetings, CBI staff will help town partners and key stakeholders think about whether and how they want to build on the momentum this project is hopefully creating in each town, as well as possible next steps.
    • Data analysis. Once we have completed surveys from 100 workshop participants at each site, our MIT team will begin analyzing findings. We hope to have preliminary findings by the end of September.
    • November train-the-trainer session at the NERRS annual meeting. If invited, team members will run a train-the-trainer session and present on our preliminary research findings at the NERRS annual meeting in November.
  • DECEMBER 2013 Game workshops. We plan to complete our workshops by the end of 2013. By this time, we will have engaged and collected data from 150-200 individuals in each town.
  • JANUARY-JUNE 2014 Data analysis. The MIT team, with involvement from any interested partners, will analyze data and share findings.
    • February debriefing meeting with key stakeholders in each town. Consensus Building Institute staff will schedule a second debriefing meeting in each site with town partners and other key stakeholders around February 2014. In towns that are interested in building on this project, CBI staff will help town partners and key stakeholders launch collaborative adaptation planning and efforts.
    • Publish research findings. Research staff will summarize findings in a series of reports that will be helpful to communities seeking to do climate change adaptation planning. Some of the reports will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals in the fields of adult learning, climate change, public decision-making, and collaborative adaptive environmental management. Others will be designed for public dissemination.

Overview of process for evaluating the effectiveness of role-play simulations as a catalyst for climate change adaptation action
  • ​JUNE 2014
    • Follow up public survey. We will conduct a second public survey with 100 randomly selected individuals in each town to gather data on public sentiments about climate change risks, adaptation, and related issues following our involvement.
  • JULY-AUGUST 2014
    • Project wrap up. Any necessary follow up work or data analysis will be completed during this time.