What are Critical Success Factors

The AGP project used five Critical Success Factors as measures of the value of the case studies in embodying the key approaches to adaptation needed to ensure successful outcomes. The Critical Success Factors are:

Leadership - the commitment and contribution of the senior executives, project managers and the community and/or stakeholders to effecting positive changes.

Engagement - the extent and mechanisms of communication, engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, the range of stakeholders, and the partnerships established to develop good practices.

Connectivity – internal and external organisational relationships. Internal connectivity refers to the extent of integration of the project and outcomes with other internal processes (planning, risk management, implementation strategies) within the organisation. External connectivity refers to opportunities for collaboration with local, regional, state-wide or national organisations and the ability of the project outcomes to be transferred to or used by other organisations.

Sustainability - provision of long-term benefits. Environmental, economics, and social sustainability is considered in terms of the principles of intergenerational equity and subsidiarity (good governance) and ability to avoid maladaptation (adverse consequences).

Cost - total cost of the project, the balance between expenditure and benefits of good adaptation implementation to meet short term requirements and anticipate long-term needs, and the use of risk- and cost-benefit-analyses.