IISD, IDS Present a User-Oriented Analysis of Climate Knowledge Brokering Platforms

understanding_needs_platformsJuly 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have released a paper that examines the current state of alignment between climate knowledge brokering (CKB) platforms and the information-seeking and knowledge-sharing behavior of users of online climate change information.

The paper, titled 'Understanding needs, meeting demands: A user-oriented analysis of online knowledge brokering platforms for climate change and development,' authored by Anne Hammill, Blane Harvey and Daniella Echeverria, reviews the case for knowledge brokering and how brokering activities are put into practice online for climate change and development.

The paper then outlines the results of research undertaken to understand how CKB platform users assess, access and apply knowledge. It includes interviews and surveys with over 200 online climate change information users to understand their needs, preferences and behaviors. It also features case studies of four CKB platforms, namely: AfricaAdapt; Climate Finance Options; Climate Change Policy & Practice; and the Eldis Climate Change Resource Guide.

The paper highlights key findings and recommendations regarding user behaviors and preferences, potential areas for innovation in online knowledge brokering and the need for taking CKB beyond its online functions. [Publication: Understanding Needs, Meeting Demands: A User-oriented Analysis of Online Knowledge Brokering Platforms for Climate Change and Development]