What was done to enhance the capabilities of the project team to participate in stakeholder engagement and be more responsive to societal perspectives?
Several briefings with various groups and key persons within the GRACE consortium were held in order to help GRACE scientists to prepare themselves for the stakeholder consultations. More importantly, the capabilities of project team members to appreciate and consider stakeholder comments improved over time as a result of the (mutual) learning and trust building process in the course of the stakeholder consultations.
On top of that, we had established a clearinghouse mechanism for considering and responding to each stakeholder comment in writing. Written comments were collected, categorised according to topics, and allocated to the respective research groups in GRACE for considerations and developing responses. This mechanism required all team members to deal with stakeholder comments in a systematic and through way and resulted in considerable efforts for GRACE team members.