How to embed recommendations within the public administration?

Frederik Langkjær, Project Manager, The Danish Board of Technology Foundation

Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Westminister

September, 2023

Key Insights

  • How public administrations and other institutions and stakeholders can best organise their follow-up to the recommendations of climate assemblies has not received the same level of attention as how to organise and support effective citizen engagement within assemblies.
  • This lack of understanding of how to design and implement follow-up has had a material effect on the translation of Assembly recommendations into the policy making process.
  • Some assemblies – for example, Scotland’s Climate Assembly – have put significant resources into follow-up but still had problems landing Assembly recommendations over the long term.
  • Making sure that political support and administrative structures are in place with clear lines of responsibility and accountability is critical.
  • Members are often the best advocate for their recommendations and thus should have a clear role (with capacity building support) in the follow-up process.


  • More detailed guidance is needed on how to design the follow-up to assemblies within public administrations.
  • Commissioners and organisers of assemblies need to put as much effort and resources into designing and implementing follow-up as they do on citizen engagement within the Assembly.
  • Follow-up needs to involve both process and policy experts from public administrations and civil society and clear roles for different political institutions and stakeholders.
  • Political support is required for defined follow-up structures and processes that remain in place for at least two years after the Assembly.
  • Regular moments of accountability and monitoring are needed to ensure better integration of Assembly recommendations.