Step 5: Take Action

Implement your plan. Are your actions increasing climate resilience?

Step 5 Overview

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5.1 Implement your plan Get started!
5.2 Monitor your results Measure the effectiveness of each step. Be ready to share successes and modify processes that could improve.
5.3 Iterate as needed Watch for opportunities to improve or recover from missteps. Adjust your approach accordingly.
5.4 Share your story Document your process and share it broadly to promote climate resilience.
5.5  Decision point Is implementation of your plan increasing climate resilience?

Instructions in the Steps to Resilience encourage you to gather specific types of information. You may find it convenient to download this prepared spreadsheet and use it to record input as you move through the steps. 

Access the Steps to Resilience glossary for definitions and examples of words related to resilience.

5.1 Implement your plan

Get started! 

Ensure that you’ve communicated the intended outcomes of your actions broadly and get started on your plan. Acknowledge the stakeholders who are stepping forward to build climate resilience. Generate additional support by involving civic groups or local celebrities who support your efforts. 

5.2 Monitor your results

Measure the effectiveness of each step. Be ready to share successes and modify processes that could improve.

Actively seek input and feedback to check if the actions you take are yielding the benefits you envisioned. Watch for early wins you can use to show the public and other stakeholders the efficacy of building resilience. Leverage these successes to gain funding and support for larger initiatives. Similarly, watch for any less-than-optimal results and address them as soon as possible.

Pay attention to factors beyond your control, such as an economic downturn that could impact your outcomes. Measure the effectiveness of each step and make any adjustments necessary before moving to the next phase.

5.3 Iterate as needed

Watch for opportunities to improve or recover from missteps. Adjust your approach accordingly.

If your actions aren’t producing the desired outcome, consider modifying your approach or making course corrections to your plan. As necessary, revisit your deliberations in each of the previous steps. With hindsight, you may be able to spot an oversight or miscalculation. If so, review your options, re-evaluate your risks and costs, and then decide what additional or different actions will help correct your course. Persist through setbacks to reach your goals.

5.4 Share your story

Document your process and share it broadly to promote climate resilience.

Through the entire steps-to-resilience process, your group undoubtedly learned valuable lessons about successful and sub-optimal strategies. Just as you learned from others through case studies and expert advice, others can benefit from your experience. Consider submitting a case study for publication on the Climate Resilience Toolkit or sharing your experience in a report or website.

5.5 Decision point

Is implementation of your plan increasing climate resilience?

If your answer is yes, congratulate yourselves and continue monitoring your results and adjusting your actions as necessary. If your answer is no, or you become aware that your process could improve, return to previous steps to identify and address potential risks.

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10 January 2017 - 10:41am
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