The Governance Assessment Tool and Its Use

Johannes T.A. Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Stefanus M.M. Kuks, Corinne Larrue

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This chapter introduces the Governance Assessment Tool that has been used in the DROP project and forms the analytical basis of this book. We start with the origins of the tool in Contextual Interaction Theory, and proceed with the dimensions and criteria that form the backbone of the tool, and form a matrix. In these matrix evaluative questions are formulated that can be discussed with local and regional stakeholders. Based on their answers and further information and insights a judgment can be reached to what extent the governance circumstances are supportive, restrictive or neutral for the implementation of measures. A visualization with coloured cells of the matrix can show in one quick glance the governance state of affairs in that region. To create more precise visualization arrows can be added to each box indicating upward or downward trends for that box. The chapter ends with a discussion on the application of the GAT. The tool can both be used in relatively simple ways and as in the DROP-project in a very elaborate way.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance for Drought Resilience: Land and Water Drought Management in Europe
EditorsHans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-29669-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

PublisherSpringer International Publishing


  • METIS-318170
  • IR-101633


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