Proposal Review

Criteria for Proposal Review

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Program Committee. We encourage cutting edge and creative sessions that engage a broad spectrum of climate change leaders and adaptation practitioners from beginners to seasoned experts. Proposal submission must be about adaptation and not just climate change. Program Committee will review each submission using a 1-5 ranking, where one indicates the criterion is not present and five indicates it is completely present: Rankings are as follows: 1-Not at all, 2- Not really, 3- Undecided, 4-Somewhat, and 5- Very much.

Proposals will be rated by eight main criteria:

  1. RELEVANCE: Proposal provides a sound and credible approach for addressing the adaptation topic and is relevant to practitioners, policymakers, or others working on adaptation in the relevant focal topics and cross-cutting themes of the National Adaptation Forum.
  2. ACTIVE LEARNING: Preference is also given to sessions that include activities that promote active engagement among the attendees (i.e., collaboration, exploration, and group knowledge exchange).
  3. PRACTICE OVER THEORY: Preference is given to sessions and presentations about real world activities and actions over basic or theoretical concepts.
  4. EQUITY AND DIVERSITY: The Forum is particularly interested in ensuring that every track has sessions that incorporate equity and diversity, including presentations that bridge the equity gap in climate adaptation. There should be an effort to break down silos, consider equitable solutions, and ensure all voices are part of the topical discussions.
  5. CROSS-CUTTING THEMES: Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more of the cross-cutting theme areas listed. Sessions should strive to include multiple angles or perspectives on a theme, e.g., geography, sectors, demographics, disciplines, approaches, or engagement with other organizations.
  6. CLARITY OF PURPOSE: Proposal provides a clear focus; defines a concept, approach, process, or subject area; demonstrates innovation within the context of best practices; and clearly demonstrates successes and/or failures of instructional practices. The proposal clearly defines the goals, key objectives, expected outcomes, and what participants will learn or experience.
  7. SCIENCE: Proposals should incorporate research and data or reflect your understanding of the changes happening in your area of work, including relevant scientific and socio-economic knowledge. Proposals can also include reflections on uncertainty.
  8. EFFICACY: Adaptation efforts from planning to implementation should use best available science, established methodologies, best practices and have established metrics for monitoring success or mal-adaptation. Proposals at different stages of adaptation, from planning processes to established emerging projects should be engaging, effective, suitable and sound. Preference will be given to proposals that include these aspects.

Questions to Consider When Submitting a Submission Proposal:

Please answer the following questions to provide reviewers a better understanding of your submission. If you are unfamiliar with a question, please take the opportunity to consider what you could do in this area or share how your session will further address the question. (Please limit answers to 100 words per question)

  1. How are issues of equity and inclusivity incorporated into the work being described in the session?
  2. How is cross-sectoral planning or interaction incorporated into the work being described in the session?
  3. How are you evaluating the efficacy, suitability, or soundness of the approach or work being described in the session?
  4. How is science, uncertainty, and climate science incorporated into the work described in the session?

Please note: The Program Committee expects to receive a large number of highly competitive session proposals At the 2nd National Adaptation Forum in 2015, 362 proposal were submitted and 118 were accepted plus 80 posters and 20 tools. We are expecting to have double the amount of proposals for 2017. In the interest of designing a conference program that is representative of the field, the program committee reserves the right to select proposals based on not only overall scores, but also on the topics and themes addressed by the session. This will help ensure diversity in the program and that it includes frequently underrepresented content or sector.