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Policy Capacity Project

Climate and Energy Policy Capacity in Colorado




                                PROJECT TEAM

                                Dr. Chris Weible

                     University of Colorado Denver

                   1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 500

                               Denver, CO 80204





           Dallas Elgin

           PhD Student

            Andy Pattison

            PhD Candidate


Effective and fair climate and energy policy requires government and non-government organizations to possess a high level of policy capacity. For this project, policy capacity relates to the state and city level processes and individual skills that allows for adequate responses to problems to be dealt with across sectors and across different levels of government.



  • Determine the policy capacity of organizations in the government, nonprofit, media and academic sectors in Colorado to address climate and energy policy.
  • The project will entail interviewing and surveying individuals who are actively working on climate, energy and related fields in Colorado.


Findings from the surveys and interviews will be conveyed to the public and climate and energy stakeholders. The study will provide an assessment of how climate and energy processes and policies in Colorado can be improved.



This project is in collaboration with similar efforts in Canada and other parts of the world.

Howlett, M. (2009). Policy analytical capacity and evidence-based policy-making: Lessons from Canada. Canadian Public Administration, 52(2), 153-175.

Howlett, M., & Newman, J. (2010). Policy analysis and policy work in federal systems: Policy advice and its contribution to evidence-based policy-making in multi-level governance systems. Policy and Society, 29 (2010), 123-136.

Howlett, M., & Oliphant, S. (2010). Environmental Research Organizations and Climate Change Policy Analytical Capacity: An Assessment of the Canadian Case. Canadian Political Science Review, 4(2-3), 18-35.

Wellstead, A.M., Stedman, R.C., & Lindquist, E.A. (2009). The Nature of Regional Work in Canada's Federal Public Service. Canadian Political Science Review, 3(1), 34-56.



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