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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 categories provided a useful means of breaking down into manageable chunks allowing us to achieve more with our stakeholders.

Reviewed by: Stefan Gray (Coastal and Marine Research Centre, UCC)

1. Why did you use this tool and what for?

Having read the IMCORE Scenario Guide we decided to use the PESTLE categories both as an elicitation tool and framework of analysis in conducting our scenario work.

2. What changes resulted from using this tool?

The categories provided a useful means of breaking down into manageable chunks the range of scenario drivers we asked our stakeholders to consider. It saved time and simplified the elicitation process, allowing us to achieve more with our stakeholders in the short window of time we had with them.

3. What worked well and what would you have done differently?

The PESTLE categories proved to be a tractable and intuitive entry point to scenario analysis for both facilitators and stakeholders, making driver elicitation a fluid and dynamic process which all concerned reported on favourably. It would have perhaps been advisable for us to continue to utilise the categories in formulating our scenarios and then working through a subsequent backcasting exercise, which would have provided an important degree of familiarity with the process (and its outputs) for our stakeholders. However, we initially set the categories aside and developed our scenarios in a less structured way, requiring us to remind our stakeholders of their contribution to the scenario process and how it had evolved.

4. Did you tailor this tool in any way to meet your specific needs?

We created templates for driver elicitation purposes based on the PESTLE categories.

5. Was it cost-effective? In terms of economic cost but also in terms of human resources and time.

In saving time and simplifying the scenario process, the PESTLE categories were a very cost effective tool. We were limited in the time we were granted with our stakeholders so there was great value to us in deploying a framework which simplified what we were asking of them.

6. Tips or recommendations to practitioners considering using this tool.

Allow for overlap between the categories as it can be difficult to distinguish whether a suggested driver/issue falls most appropriately into the social, economic or political category. This ambiguity should be considered a strength of the PESTLE categories as a framework of elicitation and analysis, as these discussion serve to highlight the close interdependencies between many issues and drivers of climate adaptation.

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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