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The making of CAKE
Why make a CAKE?
Working on developing responses to climate change can seem like lonely work—it’s hard to find good examples, peers and resources. The team behind CAKE not only saw this need but felt it in our own daily work. During our time working in the field, we saw a need for a comprehensive online adaptation resource that would link examples of successful adaptation efforts to the data used to plan them and to the people who implemented them. After a bit of market research and an initial grant from the Kresge Foundation, the team got to work to fill these voids.
Just how does CAKE happen?
Making it User Friendly
There are a lot of information websites out there. Some are useful, some are not. We tried to make CAKE easy to use while maintaining a high standard for functionality and credible information. The team spent over a year working with our advisory committee and other practitioners in the field to create a tool that gets you the information you need in a logical, useful manner.
More than just a Pretty Face
It’s one thing to have an attractive, easy-to-use website but it is another for it to also be useful. To make CAKE useful, it needs to have both credible content and an active community.
Content: The CAKE team is not merely sitting back waiting for the adaptation community to tell us about their work. EcoAdapt, half of the CAKE team, has been surveying the field through interviews with adaptation practitioners. These efforts result in Case Studies, Tools, and Directory entries.
We’ve also combed through the literature to populate the Virtual Library with high-quality resources. Island Press, the other half of the CAKE team, evaluates each item added for both quality and relevancy so users can find the information they need quickly! We use similar methods to identify and evaluate other tools that practitioners can use in their climate change adaptation efforts. Learn more about the vetting processes by visiting the about pages.
Community: CAKE is not solely a repository for useful case studies and a wealth of adaptation literature but is also an active community of users. The CAKE team is dedicated to building a community of adaptation practitioners. All of this requires direct engagement. We are currently introducing people to CAKE at events, adaptation training programs, online, and through targeted mailings. We want CAKE to be your online adaptation destination that helps make your climate change adaptation efforts stronger.
Of course content and users are not all we need to make CAKE successful. We need support from users like you. If you find CAKE helpful, please consider supporting CAKE financially. Remember, great resources don’t just grow on trees.