Learning from climate inovations

Research project

Learning by making learning experiences explicit is not second nature to most organisations, while this is in essence the objective of pilots. The learning objective is generally specified in advance, but it is subsequently assumed that a good example will automatically result in widespread application. In addition, the effects of the pilot are not always adequately monitored, as a result of which it is possible to dispute statements about the impact. The problem is that (future) directors and professionals are apparently insufficiently aware that innovation of water management is about changes (transitions) which lead to improvements. Viewed in this light, pilots are elements that could make a valuable contribution to transition. However, they would have limited impact as loose experiments without this interconnectedness. Learning from experiments therefore requires a broad scope from those involved and it requires competences associated with facilitating change.

The Rijn en IJssel water board is committed to gaining more insight into the learning ability of organisations for an improved implementation of adaptive water management. This is why the initiative was taken to conduct the exploratory research "pilots in climate adaptation" where many different pilots conducted by the water board over the last two decades are evaluated in a learning environment. The aim is to gain an understanding of success and failure factors as a basis for a potential follow-up strategy in order to increase the adaptive ability of the water board.

Would you like to know more about the Learning from climate innovations project? Then contact peter.groenhuijzen@hvhl.nl.


Start – 1 January 2017
End – 1 April 2018

Core team

  • Peter van der Maas
  • Peter Groenhuijzen
  • Judith Santegoets


  • Rijn en IJssel water board
  • NC-Advies