Virtual KE activity #3: Ensuring platforms’ agility in order to meet evolving user needs

Discussions at this event will focus on approaches being used towards retaining relevance in an ever-changing world in terms of technology, data, policy requirements and knowledge provision.
Multiple Authors
ke4cap logo
Introducing VKE3 and the need to retain relevance

Maintaining relevance

11 November 2020

In this third installment of virtual knowledge exchange events hosted by the KE4CAP project, discussions will focus on approaches being used and challenges experienced towards retaining relevance in an ever-changing world in terms of technology, data availability, policy requirements and knowledge provision. This includes, for example, establishing processes and mechanisms to tailor and update tools, resources and content in response to constantly evolving policy and practice cycles, and leveraging and linking to other’s work to introduce improvements and innovations that facilitate the interpretation of new data and information.

Users need to be inspired and can be demanding. As such, the content and functionality of any CAP needs to be continuously reviewed and appropriately renewed if it is to meet their requirements as they move from initiating to planning to managing adaptation action. Yet resources available within CAPs are often limited and there remains a tension between the increasing pace of information generation and the need to engage more widely with users, and the ability of platforms to provide content that remains up-to-date and relevant.


Retaining relevance in a fast-moving world is a key task for all CAPs as they work to meet increasing and evolving user needs. CAPs must be sufficiently agile to be able to evolve in line with the needs of both existing and new users and in the context of:

  • Evolving user capacity.
  • Increasing amounts of climate and adaptation information and data available
  • Advances in technology.

Over 30 participants working on adaptation platforms in 19 countries and regions (Alps, Asia-Pacific, Austria, Canada, Europe, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK) joined the discussions which focused on four main questions:

  1. Managing the increasing pace of information generation.
  2. Reviewing functionality and content.
  3. Adapting to meet the increasing diversity of user needs.
  4. Demonstrating the on-going benefits and relevance of platforms to stimulate and sustain interest, use and funding.

These topics overlap to some degree, and all are linked to the issue of available skills and resources which was raised by many in their responses to the KE4CAP survey.

A full report of the meeting can be downloaded to the right.