Tandem: online guidance for the co-design of climate services

Submitted by Julia Barrott | published 13th Jun 2018 | last updated 27th May 2019

Supporting the design of effective climate services

To ride a tandem bicycle requires coordination, collaboration and communication between the riders to get to their destination. In the same way, to use climate information in adaptation planning requires coordination, collaboration and communication between scientists and decision-makers.

To read more about the underlying philosophy of the Tandem concept and the Tandem framework itself, check out this Discussion Brief.

Using the structure of the Tandem framework steps (see the SEI Discussion Brief for an overview of the framework and steps), Tandem will offer online guidance for information providers, intermediaries and users to collectively co-design climate services for policy and practice. The Tandem online guidance will steer people towards information they can use: the latest and most relevant tools, data, methods, approaches, and case studies.

Explore the Tandem online guidance > Coming to weADAPT soon!


How it works

The Tandem online guidance is designed to offer a way for climate service providers, intermediaries and users to better navigate tools, data, methods, approaches, and case studies. The goal is to improve the design of climate services, so that services are decision-relevant and tailored to users' needs.

The guidance specifically aims to increase the use of climate information in adaptation decision-making, and to build coordination, collaboration, communication and individual and institutional capacities of providers, intermediaries and users. 

Built on the weADAPT.org platform, the guidance will draw upon resources contributed to weADAPT by the adaptation and climate services communities, and curated by the weADAPT team.

Tandem will organise and structure relevant resources, and the types of questions and considerations that are useful to ask during the design process. This will support multidisciplinary teams so that they can work together to develop effective services. The process involves three key stages: Scoping, Co-Design, and Uptake & Use -  These stages link to four cross-cutting themes: CommunicationCapacity BuildingMonitoring, Evaluation and Learning; and Funding. You can read more about the underlying Tandem framework and its steps in this Discussion Brief.

The Tandem online guidance is in the early stages of development. We are in the process of adding various additional functionality that tailors the resources to individual roles and contexts. To make this tool as useful as possible, we need your feedback and support.

Take the Tandem for a spin (coming soon!)  Let us know what you think. Find contact details below.

The Scoping and Co-design stages of the guidance

Provide feedback and add your resources!

The Tandem guidance is a new tool. We will continuously work to improve its functionality and content to incorporate the most recent research, practices, technologies and experiences from the field. We welcome your feedback on the guidance, and we would be glad to include new resources relating to climate services.

To provide feedback on the Tandem guidance please contact Liz Daniels: liz.daniels@sei.org

To share new climate services resources in the online Tandem guidance please contact Julia Barrott: julia.barrott@sei.org

Super interested in helping us to improve this guidance? Join our working group! Please contact Sukaina Bharwani: sukaina.bharwani@sei.org 

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Further resources

  • The Tandem online guidance is an output of the SEI initiative on Climate Services and features relevant resources contributed to weADAPT by authors and organisations.

    To read more about the Tandem concept and framework, check out the SEI Discussion Brief available here.