Reporting Progress Toward Arctic Research Plan Deliverables

This page is for anyone who wishes to report on an Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 implementation deliverable. It gives an overview of the Arctic Research Plan Implementation reporting process.

Members of the IARPC Collaborations community may report on actions they have taken that support deliverables at any time. Tagging your work with a deliverable helps highlight it for federal agencies and other Arctic research entities. Your reports are also used by IARPC team leaders and the IARPC Secretariat to track progress toward the implementation of the Arctic research plan.

Team and community leaders report on their progress on an ongoing basis. Once a quarter, collaboration team leaders also post a summary statement for each deliverable where there has been progress. The IARPC Secretariat uses these summary statements to develop a quarterly report. Quarterly reports are used to develop the Biennial Report to Congress on progress toward the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 and to help the IARPC Secretariat understand where more or different support may be needed.

You can view all the deliverables by reading the Biennial Implementation Plan 2022-2024 or visiting the Deliverables section of IARPC Collaborations.

For questions on reporting please contact Sorina Stalla, IARPC Implementation Director (sorina@iarpccollaborations.org).

There are three ways to report on deliverables on IARPC Collaborations. Click each of the links to be taken to detailed instructions.

  1. Tagging posts (updates, events, and documents). Any member of the IARPC Collaborations community can use this process when you are sharing work that is tangentially related to the deliverables. For example, if you are posting about a webinar that your organization is hosting, and the webinar happens to connect to one of the IARPC deliverables but was not designed with the deliverables in mind.
  2. Adding actions on the individual deliverables pages. Any member of the IARPC Collaborations community can use this process to report on activities that are directly connected to deliverables. Community of practice leaders and agency representatives should use this process to report on relevant activities.
  3. Adding quarterly summary statements to individual deliverables pages. Only collaboration team leaders should use this process to report quarterly progress toward deliverables.

Tagging posts

Any member of the IARPC Collaborations community can use this process when you are sharing work that is tangentially related to the deliverables. For example, if you are posting about a webinar that your organization is hosting, and the webinar happens to connect to one of the IARPC deliverables but was not designed with the deliverables in mind.

What should I tag?

Please tag anything that supports progress toward one or more deliverables. It does not have to be an official IARPC event or product. Examples of things that might be reported on include:

  • A meeting, webinar, or workshop you held or are holding
  • A paper you or a colleague have published
  • A product produced used to communicate research findings
  • A new relationship established
  • New data products produced (this could include maps, models, etc.)
  • Information or collaborative efforts from relevant conferences or workshops
  • Progress/updates on a relevant project or program

How to tag a post with a deliverable

To capture your activities that have supported one or more deliverables, make a post on IARPC Collaborations and tag those deliverables.

Step 1: From the IARPC Collaborations homepage, select “Post Update,” “Upload Document,” or “Schedule Event.” (Not sure which one to choose? Check out the FAQ.)

screenshot of the website homepage with a box that says post update upload document or schedule event

Step 2: Include the relevant deliverable(s) in your post. Fill out the text of the post, including a title, relevant topics, teams, and a brief description. In the deliverables field, type in the number or a key phrase from the relevant deliverable.

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You can also tag more than one deliverable.

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Adding actions to deliverables

Any member of the IARPC Collaborations community can use this process to report on activities that are directly connected to deliverables. Community of practice leaders should use this process to report on their groups’ activities.

What should I report and when?

Actions may include a relevant meeting including speakers and outcomes; information on relevant projects, papers, or relationships built; and/or relevant links to info or data.

Reporting actions on deliverables is done continually through the IARPC Collaborations website; step-by-step instructions are below. These reports can be made at any time and we encourage team and community leaders to report actions soon after they have occurred. If you have significant findings or achievements, please communicate them to the Secretariat by emailing Sorina Stalla (sorina@iarpccollaborations.org).

What should actions include?

Your action should include:

  • A 1-3 sentence summary of the action, how it applies to the deliverable, and why it is meaningful/unique
  • Relevant links and/or citations
  • Names of any individuals/groups who contributed to the action
  • Who is funding the action

Example action:

In the most recent meeting (on April 27, 2023), Modelers CoP invited Nicole Feldl (University of California – Santa Cruz) and Ivy Tan (McGill University) to present their recent studies of AA from a modeling perspective, with a unique focus on identifying significant physical processes and feedbacks involving sea ice, moisture and cloud ice nucleation. Feldl’s studies (Feldl and Merlis, 2021; Chung and Feldl, 2023), mostly supported by NSF, revealed that the primary mechanism of wintertime polar warming is associated with summer sea ice retreat/thinning, while ocean-atmosphere energy exchange and sea ice thermodynamics promote seasonal AA. Tan’s studies (Tan and Storelvmo, 2019; Tan et al., 2022), supported by NASA and NSF, found that representation of ice nucleation in climate models has a large impact on AA via interactions with Arctic Sea ice. They suggest that an increased emphasis on cloud-level observations of ice-nucleating particles would be needed for better representation of cloud processes. This in turn should enable a better model representation of AA.

Example action

Collaborative Walrus Field Work in Alaska. USGS Alaska Science Center and Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center research wildlife biologist William Beatty will be co-principal investigator on a Pacific walrus research cruise on the RV Norseman II, which will occur from June 5 - July 2, 2023. In collaboration with the Eskimo Walrus Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the overall goal of the research cruise is to collect data to study Pacific walrus population dynamics. USGS crews will collect information on the age structure of the walrus population while USFWS crews will collect biopsies from walruses hauled-out on sea ice. Three Alaska Native walrus experts from St. Lawrence Island will be on board the cruise vessel to advise on walrus behaviors, environmental conditions, and travel in sea ice. Data collected will eventually be combined into one population model to estimate Pacific walrus population abundance, survival, and population trend. More information about the cruise can be found here. Contact: John Pearce, jpearce@usgs.gov, Anchorage, AK

How do I add an action?

Step 1: Click on “Objectives and Deliverables” under the “Arctic Research Plan” drop down menu.

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Step 2: Click on the team you are reporting on deliverable progress for.

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Step 3: Click on the deliverable you are providing an update on.

screenshot of the objectives and deliverables assigned to the community resilience and health priority area

Step 4: Click on “Add Action.”

screenshot of a specific deliverable with the actions section at the bottom

Step 5: Fill in action towards deliverable details. The deadline and complete options are not relevant unless you are adding an incomplete action with an expected deadline. Most people add actions that are already completed.

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Adding quarterly summary statements to individual deliverables pages

Only collaboration team leaders should use this process to report quarterly progress toward deliverables. Team leaders use the information on the IARPC Collaborations website as well as their knowledge of their own activities to complete quarterly reporting.

What should I report?

Each quarter, you should create a summary statement for each deliverable that you have updates for. Summary statements should include:

  • A brief summary of what has been accomplished*
  • Links to any associated collaboration team/community of practice meetings
  • Contributing communities of practice
  • Relevant links

*Where appropriate, please incorporate these themes into your summary, as they will be highlighted in the 2024 final biennial implementation plan report:

  • How did objectives and deliverables advance the missions and capabilities of more than one federal agency and result in an efficient use of government resources?
  • How did objectives and deliverables meet the needs of decision-makers in the Arctic, in Alaska, and throughout the nation?
  • How did foundational activities enhance and support progress towards priority area goals?
  • How were deliverables conveyed and made readily accessible and how did IARPC engage with and communicate outcomes to non-federal partners?
  • What are the significance of these findings? Why is this important?

After you have posted your summary statements, send an email to Sorina Stalla (sorina@iarpccollaborations.org) recommending any near-term changes or additions to objectives or deliverables you feel should be made, and expressing any issues or topics that the Integration Group should consider at their upcoming quarterly meeting.

Sorina sends a compilation of the summary statements to the Integration Group two weeks prior to the quarterly Integration Group meeting. This compilation, as well as the agenda for the upcoming Integration Group meeting, will be posted on IARPC Collaborations.

The Integration Group uses these quarterly reports to assess progress, opportunities, and challenges, and to create a public report to Congress. They will also use these quarterly reports to consider where additional public reporting may be beneficial.

How do I add my quarterly summary statement?

Follow the instructions for adding actions above.