Analysis of Global Change Assessments: Lessons Learned.
Published by the National Academies in 2007. Summary of the full report:
"Global change assessments inform decision makers about the scientific
underpinnings of a range of environmental issues, such as climate change,
stratospheric ozone depletion, and loss of biodiversity. Dozens of
assessments have been conducted to date by various U.S. and international
groups, many of them influencing public policies, technology development,
and research directions. This report analyzes strengths and weaknesses of
eight past assessments to inform future efforts. Common elements of
effective assessments include strong leadership, extensive engagement with
interested and affected parties, a transparent science-policy interface, and
well defined communication strategies. The report identifies 11 essential
elements of effective assessments and recommends that future assessments
include decision support tools that make use of information at the regional
and local level where decisions are made." This report brief (like all
other documents in this catalog) is free of charge.