I think blogs can be used to gather information as well as disseminate it. As such I am asking for the help of readers of this posting. I was asked recently to comment on a proposal for a sustainability tool-box for decision makers and a roadmap to creating a well balance socio-eco system. On Google, a search for “climate change roadmap” produces “about 5,110 results”; "decision makers toolbox climate change" produces “about 962,000 results”.
People are now writing proposals claiming to build new and improved roadmaps and toolboxes, new ways to build boats to navigate the future. My question is, could anyone tell me if any of the toolboxes full of existing tools or any of the roadmaps have ever served any real utility? By real utility, I mean have the tools ever built anything and have the road maps ever led anywhere. I am not being facetious; I would simply like to hear of accounts where such research has been applied, or at least seriously considered. The road maps and toolboxes are, after all, for the benefit of decision makers. But have any ever been found to be useful? Obviously, their use would indicate their utility and perhaps it would be a worthy project to select those that have worked as representative of what a tool box or road map should look like. It might also be that none, or very few, have ever been applied in any sense, in which case why are research resources being used to continually build more of the same? Would this say something about the controlling powers of the purse strings of research?