How We Work

The CSRD partnership believes there is huge potential to improve climate resilience and provide decision-makers in developing countries with new solutions to manage climate-related risks and opportunities. This potential can be realized if climate services are developed that effectively harness the power of available information, technology, and innovation and are collaborative, designed to address practical problems and empower policymakers and decision-makers.

CSRD aims to put this vision into practice in our chosen country programs and more broadly through collaboration with a global community of practice. CSRD emphasizes work in several fundamental areas—all essential to the achievement of these objectives. They form the pillars of CSRD's strategic approach and are core elements of our activities, programs, and investments.

Creating a Solution Space

The true value of a climate service lies in its level of utility, or overall benefit, to users: the policymakers and decision-makers. Experience shows that satisfaction with, and actual uptake of climate services depends on the service design and development process and the participation of key stakeholders, including information providers, intermediaries, and end users. This concept is widely recognized in climate services design such as in the user interface platform of the Global Framework for Climate Services.

CSRD will take several steps to help create effective solution spaces in its in-country climate services development projects. First, program scoping—a consultative process with government and other key actors in each setting—will emphasize problem identification, recognizing that useful services must target specific problems. Second, CSRD will promote establishing a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration associated with each service initiative. Whether taking the form of an interagency working group or other mechanism, this platform will bring appropriate stakeholders together to design, develop, operate, utilize, and evaluate the service in practice, supported by international partners. It will promote coproduction and co-ownership of services among information providers, intermediaries, and end users. And third, CSRD will seek out productive partnership opportunities with organizations that have programs and activities that are relevant to the CSRD initiative. We will work to involve these organizations as partners, finding synergies and avoiding duplication of efforts, to the benefit of all parties.

Utilizing Quality Data, Products, and Tools

A core element of CSRD's approach lies in tapping the power of information, tools, and technology available through CSRD contributing partners and the broader community in support of solutions-focused climate services. Toward this end, CSRD will first ensure that, for each setting we work in, a careful assessment of existing information and technology relevant to the identified problem and user requirements is done. Second, CSRD will assist in identifying and making available other credible information/technology resources offered by its core members and partners to support or strengthen services. Finally, CSRD will advise and assist in-country partners in the design and development of tailored products and tools, as needed, to support end users' needs.

Building Capacities and Platforms

Access to technology and data and collaboration at the technical level may not be sufficient to positively affect climate-resilient behavior and policy. Institutional capacities and arrangements must also be in place to facilitate significant and positive change. CSRD will address this challenge through several measures: strengthening institutional capacities, fostering policies and practices that promote internal and external institutional collaboration and data sharing, and improving platforms for the development and delivery of services. Where new tools and products are introduced, CSRD will ensure that the necessary training and support for service providers or user institutions are provided. CSRD will work to engage key stakeholder institutions at the policy level to gain support and commitment to facilitate the initial service development. CSRD will also advance a partnership model for a sustained service. In these endeavors, CSRD will seek to identify and fully leverage the opportunities for effective public-private partnerships.

The strengthened capacities and platforms that CSRD supports will emphasize scalability and replicability. To this end, CSRD will promote tools, technologies, and information resources, as well as outreach and collaboration models for service development, that are versatile and adaptable for diverse problems and across sectors, regions, and countries.

Building Knowledge

Knowledge and practical experience with climate services of all types, including those that are the focus of CSRD, are still growing. Even while climate services initiatives are being pursued in varied settings, CSRD recognizes the value of promoting knowledge exchange and collaboration in improving climate services design and implementation globally. Accordingly, one pillar of CSRD's agenda will be dedicated to fostering a global community of practice that's focused on the exchange of climate services knowledge and the identification of good practices. This resource will be tapped for identifying gaps in the current knowledge and practice of climate services, helping to establish priorities for new inquiry and research efforts. All these efforts will be advanced in collaboration with—and as contributions to—the Global Framework for Climate Services.

Evaluation will be an important focus of the CSRD's knowledge-building agenda. We will support the development of appropriate evaluative frameworks, as well as outcome-oriented metrics of success, across all dimensions of climate services design and development.

CSRD is committed to fostering opportunities for innovation that can increase the reach and impact of climate services programs. In particular, we will reach out to local academics and entrepreneurs in our in-country programs.