Title Public Participation in the First U.S. National Assessment
Type Research Project
Abstract This project is part of a larger study conducted by the NRC's Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change on public participation processes in environmental assessment and policy making. The NRC study entails a thorough examination of the burgeoning case-study, theoretical, and practical literature on public participation and will develop preliminary lists of potentially critical variables, outcome indicators, and causal hypotheses. In its second stage, the panel commissioned a small number of reviews of recent experiences in order to better inform government agencies, giving particular attention to evaluation studies of past efforts, and adding a few new studies. Susanne Moser's research project contributed to this second stage: a critical evaluation of the stakeholder participation aspect of the First U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change. To conclude, the NRC panel will use all of the input from the first two stages of the study to write a consensus statement about the implications of current knowledge for public participation, practice and research.
Participants Susanne Moser
(other participants of the larger effort listed on the NRC web site)
Start Date August 2003
Funders NRC
Keywords assessment
stakeholder involvement
public participation
climate change
climate change impacts
Research Themes Assessment Methods, Products and Tools
Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes
Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience
Integrated Science and Regional Applications


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)