ABCD Presentation for C2D2 webinar - June 5th 2014

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Powerpoint Presentation for the June 5th 2014 webinar on the work of the Alberta Climate Dialogue... Presented by David Kahane, Gwen Blue, and Jacquie Dale


  • Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD)

    u A five-year project (2010-2015) exploring how direct participation by citizens in policymaking deliberations can enhance Alberta responses to climate change at municipal and provincial levels

    u Funding through SSHRC Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant

    u University, government, civil society and industry partners, including C2D2

    u Researchers and practitioners from Canada, US, Europe, and Australia contributing their expertise to Alberta-based practice and learning

  • Core research questions

    u How the shape of citizen deliberation

    u Choices about deliberative process

    u Scale, how participants are selected, duration

    u Extent of linkage to policy processes

    u shapes outcomes like

    u Participant attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors

    u Influence on policy decisions

    u Attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of broader public

  • Three deliberations

    u Citizens Panel on Edmontons Energy and Climate Challenges (2012)

    u Energy Efficiency Choices (2013)

    u Water in a Changing Climate (2014)

  • Citizens Panel on Edmontons Energy and Climate Challenges

    u From October to December, 2012 ( six Saturdays)

    u Used professional polling firm to recruit 56 demographically representative and attitudinally diverse Edmontonians

    u Hosts: ABCD, Centre for Public Involvement; City of Edmonton

    u Panelists heard from City representatives, industry, and university experts

    u Diverse forms of deliberation used, along with keypad voting

    u Key documents: Edmontons Energy Transition Discussion Paper and Citizens Panel Handbook

    u The Panels Final Reportwas completed in January 2013 and was presented to City Councils Executive Committee on April 15th, 2013



  • Citizens Panel Some Practitioner Findings

    u Reinforced importance of values-based work in citizen dialogue; provided the decision-making framework to consider technical choices

    u Common ground achievable with attitudinally diverse citizens critical for political credibility

    u Dual framing of energy and climate challenges created more space for dialogue

    u Benefits of practitioner and researcher collaboration outweigh challenges

    u Working Paper coming out soon (ABCD website)

  • Water in a Changing Climate

  • - A citizen deliberation that examined the intersections between water and climate change;

    -Internal aim: reframe climate change in the context of water to round out Alberta Climate Change discussions (shift from energy and mitigation to water and adaptation; local focus)

  • Objectives

    u To have an informed dialogue, including sharing hopes and concerns, about the future of the watershed;

    u To identify the public values that resonate most on this issue, and where there is common ground;

    u To identify key areas that warrant more community involvement and policy development, including recommendations for consideration by the Oldman Watershed Council.

  • Design challenges

    u Short time frame (one day rather than multi-day deliberation);

    u No existing policy question

    to address climate change is not addressed by OWC;

    u Very little direction / input

    from sponsor organization; u Alternative framing of the

    issue (ie. not mainstream)

  • Event description

    One day event held at University of Lethbridge, Alberta on Saturday, February 22, 2014;

    Informed dialogue: participants provided with background information (climate change and water; deliberative democracy Facilitated deliberation (5 facilitators and 1 lead facilitator)

    33 invited participants - Diversity across gender, age, occupation,

    geographical location


    8:30 9:00 Arrival and registrations

    9:00 9:45 Introductions & Ice breaker

    9:45 10:30 Guest speaker: Regional climate change and water

    10:45 12:15 Initial explorations mapping of concerns

    12:15 1:00 Lunch

    1:00 1:30 Presentation: Oldman Watershed Council

    1:30 1:45 Overview of Deliberative Democracy

    1:45 2:45 Exploring perspectives on key concerns

    3:00 3:50 Developing best advice moving forward

    3:50 4:30 Large plenary bringing it all together

    4:30 5:00 Wrap up and conclusion

  • Findings/Learnings

    u Demonstrated capacity to get to value based discussions in short time;

    u Focus on delivering results within set

    constraints led to some tokenistic conclusions (richness of earlier discussions not necessarily reflected in final recommendations);

    u More time required to train facilitators (gap

    between self-stated capacities and actual capacities to guide deliberative work).

  • Energy Efficiency Choices

    u Developed in partnership with Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance.

    u Virtual deliberation (online, with option of telephone access). Each participant spent two hours in one of six available sessions.

    u Recruitment by Probit; 164 participants.

    u Facilitated plenary and small group discussions.

    u Draft report and follow up survey shared with participant; final report to be released soon.

  • Research on Energy Efficiency Choices

    u Participant surveys before and after, including issues of deliberative quality, trust in government, political efficacy.

    u Focus groups and questionnaires on experience of volunteer facilitators, including around training and support.

    u Linking participant surveys with questions in Alberta-wide population survey.

  • Questions/Discussion