Adaptive Governance – A Toolkit for Action – Beta version (8 November 2018)
Let’s hop on the same waka…
We’d like to share with you something that’s got our passion
It’s for our people and our land that we’ve got this vision
We’d love you on this waka and all that brings
It’s all about change and our decision making
If you and your agencies all come together
Tangata whenua, local authorities and whoever
If we hop on the same waka to weave our cloak
We will share decisions in the direction of hope.
Healthy land, healthy trees, many birds and lots of bees,
Our mokopuna will thrive in the land of all these.
–Mary-Anne Gloyne & Vicky Hodder.
An enduring, impact-focused partnership
Scion and He Oranga mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust (He Oranga Trust) in Ruatoria, East Coast have been working together since 2012.
In partnership, we have developed collaborative research between science and mātauranga Māori that is deeply rooted in cultural awareness, community development and capacity building.
Our work together includes a Crown-commissioned report on the state of knowledge of the Waiapu catchment, a project on community resilience to climate change and a recently completed research programme on adaptive governance.
The adaptive governance programme conducted research in the Waiapu catchment in the context of the 100-year Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown and Ngāti Porou aiming for ‘Healthy land, healthy rivers, healthy people’.
What is adaptive governance?
Adaptive governance is a family of approaches to enhance decision making for complex environmental problems that challenge traditional linear and hierarchical approaches.
Adaptive governance calls for the design of methods to address complexity and achieve better outcomes based on the local context through dialogue and sharing power and resources.
Adaptive Governance Toolkit – Beta
Tackling complex environmental problems requires multiple agencies and the community to come up with joint aspirations and recognise their own values and interests. Agencies and communities also need to step back and identify barriers and the resources (people, time, financial) that need to be put in place.
We hope that the tools we present here will be useful to others embarking on a journey of addressing ‘wicked’ problems, not only environmental but also from other areas such as health and education.
While the tools presented are well known internationally, the richness of this toolkit is that we have developed them in a specific New Zealand context, embedding lessons from more than 100 people involved in different parts of the research.
The Adaptive Governance Toolkit includes:
Tool 1: Monitoring and Evaluation – Tracking progress and change
This tool provides a framework and a step-by-step process to monitor the progress and change of a project.
Tool 2: Social network analysis (SNA) – Grassroots regeneration and local leadership:
This tool maps out relationships between people, groups and organisations to help community members identify and help leverage leaders, influencers and resources.
- Download description [Tool2_SNA_Description]
- Download sample data collection + informed consent form [Tool2_SNA_Sample_DataCollection+InformConsent]
Tool 3: Catchment 2030 – Games to tackle complex problems
This tool prompts participants to think about their approach to problems from a different perspective and increase their understanding of each other’s outlook.
- Download description [Tool3_Games_Description]
- Download sample character profiles [Tool3_Characters_profiles]
- Download sample player instruction booklet [Tool3_Playerinstructionsbooklet]
We’d appreciate your feedback as we work to further develop, simplify and adapt these tools to other complex problems in New Zealand.
Please send any comments or questions to: Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s hop on the same waka!
Weaving the Korowai project team:
(Left to right: Andrew Dunningham, Lisa Sharma-Wallace, Lania Holt, Duncan Harrison, Barbara King, Peter Edwards, Sandra J. Velarde, Tui Warmenhoven*, Pia Pohatu*, Mary-Anne Gloyne and Vicky Hodder. Not in picture: Tim Barnard, Jeff Coutts and Soltice Morrison).
*Ngāti Porou (He Oranga mo Nga Uri Tuku Iho Trust).
Funding: MBIE (Contract C04X1502) & Scion.
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