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Engaging with stakeholders

PAGES aims to engage relevant stakeholders in its activities at a number of levels. The goal of increasing stakeholder engagement is a critical goal of our parent organization, Future Earth, as it works to ensure knowledge is generated in partnership with society and the users of science.

We define a stakeholder as any person or group who influences or is influenced by our research. This may include people from policy development, government agencies, non-governmental organizations including business groups and non-profit organizations, and other representatives in civil society.

Involving stakeholders can provide relevance, value, breadth, and depth to research. Key benefits, among others, may include assisting with framing and designing our scientific questions and outcomes, better knowledge and data input, and making a tangible contribution to future risk management or policy development.

Not all PAGES activities are suitable for stakeholder engagement, but for those that are, the engagement process will occur in a number of ways and times depending on the objectives of the particular stakeholder relationship and activity e.g. at the planning (co-design), working and synthesis (co-production), or dissemination stages.

How we engage

We have put the following mechanisms in place to encourage stakeholder engagement and ensure broad representation and input at a number of levels within PAGES:

1. Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)

A small number of key stakeholders who influence or are influenced by our research at the international level will be invited to attend and contribute to our annual SSC meeting and associated scientific symposia usually organized alongside the SSC meeting.

2. Working Groups

Our WGs are encouraged to engage relevant stakeholders in their activities where possible. This is a concrete step to ensuring that the knowledge emerging from PAGES efforts is generated in partnership with society and the users of science.

WGs are encouraged to identify stakeholders, which may include people from policy development, government agencies, non-governmental organizations e.g. business groups and non-profit organizations, and other representatives in civil society.

Depending on the objectives of the stakeholder relationship, involving stakeholders can occur in a number of ways and times throughout the group's lifespan e.g. at the planning (co-design), working and synthesis (co-production), or dissemination stages.

For more guidance on engaging with stakeholders read our guidance document or contact the IPO.

3. PAGES-supported meetings

Meeting organizers receiving PAGES support to host a meeting are encouraged, through our application process, to consider how they might engage with local stakeholders.

For more guidance on engaging with stakeholders read our guidance document or contact the IPO.

Engage with us

We invite external parties who believe there would be mutual benefits in stakeholder interaction with PAGES to approach us. Please contact the Executive Director at the IPO to discuss in more detail.