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The IMCORE project ran from 2008 to 2011 and was funded under the EU Interreg IVB programme.

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The process employed by the NE-ECN worked well and satisfactory results were achieved. Most of the difficulties encountered in the process were out of the control of the couplet and related to institutional changes affecting the individuals attending the workshops (the organisations represented were relatively stable). The ECN accommodated for this as best they could by briefing new representatives before the workshop when possible and providing a clear and formal trail of minutes of previous meetings.

Future scenarios workshop
What we did The group were given an overview of the run of the day, how the process will progress and overview of IMCORE. The group were given a list of grouped issues decided upon at the issues workshop to resolve what was the most relevant to the North East at that time. They added to and edited this list of issues to make them more current. The group was divided into two sub groups and a facilitator was assigned to each sub group. From this individuals were allowed to outline how the initial issues had changed and what the current issues were at that time. Results were placed on an axis of significance and certainty as decided on by the group. One quadrant was taken forward (significant and uncertain). From this independent themes were extracted and used as axes for re-plotting of issues. Click here to download IMCORE ECN Scenarios Evaluation. Click here to download a North East regional initiative for local climate change adaptation.
Why we did it To introduce the partners to the process of developing future scenarios.
What we achieved The most relevant coastal issues in the North East were plotted on axes of "certainty" and "significance" over the 20 year planning horizon. A suite of possible future coastal scenarios were developed for the region.
Problems we had Those involved in the process were experts in their field and occasionally the conversation and discussion would veer off track. This crept into the allocated time allowed for the day.
Solutions (if any) The group were given a list of issues decided on at the issues workshop to act as a starting point for this session. This initiated a lot of ideas to be generated quickly. Precise facilitation was necessary here to ensure task focus.
What we learned To account for over running on time it is prudent to allocate more time than thought necessary; though keeping the day not too long to avoid flagging interest in the process. Ensure everyone's points are heard and a general agreement is made to link these points to the axes and where to position it.


Development of a normative scenario
What we did From the emergent scenario axes a preferred scenario was decided upon by the stakeholders. The issues associated with this preferred scenario were used to develop a PESTLE analysis. Click here to view a PESTLE-derived activities.
Why we did it A preferred scenario for 2030 needed to be decided on using the experience of the steering group.
What we achieved A preferred scenario for the North East to be achieved by 2030 was established and brought forward.
Problems we had Veering off task at points during the workshop. Getting agreement on some points, staff turnover during process (not fatigue per se) and institional change - threat / removal of some of core institutional stakeholders institutions.
Solutions (if any) Keep all parties attending workshops informed of the process before the event.
What we learned We found it important to have a few key supporters ("champions") of the process among the stakeholder group to maintain the process.

Use links already in place and have productive concise workshops that will be well attended. Great lunches and plenty of tea and coffee. Positive comments will spread.

Be consistant with ECN appearance at meetings, workshops, communication to build trust. Be organised in terms of paperwork, actions, minutes of meetings etc - deliver what you say you will when you say you will. ECN consistency is important to drive this process with leadership and inertia.


PESTLE analysis
What we did The couplet took the results of the normative scenario and fitted them to a PESTLE structure; this was not done in a workshop setting. The results of the PESTLE analysis were circulated to the steering group for comments and these were then discussed at a ForeSea meeting; edits were made to create the final document. Please click here to view the PESTLE-derived activities.
Why we did it To categorise the results of the scenario workshop into easily digestible themes. PESTLE analysis is a widely used method and members of the steering group were aware of how it works. It was thought to save time that the couplet could do this section between meetings and report to the steering group for adjustments.
What we achieved Aspects of the preferred scenario were categorised into PESTLE sections
Problems we had Some members had difficultly in relating to the work that the couplet had done between meetings; this was further exasperated by staff turnover.
Solutions (if any) The work done was clearly detailed and minuted so that all understood the process. Introductory talks and overview of the process were given by ECN members or one of the stakeholder "champions" who chaired the ForeSea meetings.
What we learned Circulate the results of the PESTLE as soon as possible after the workshops as the process will still be fresh in the minds of the attendees thus enabling them to respond with a more concrete view of the process. Ensure that as many people respond as possible to get a well rounded view of what the group would like to see in the analysis.

This learning portal brings together the results and lessons learned from the IMCORE project. This project was funded under the Interreg IVB programme from 2008 to 2011.

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