The CaDD Matrix


As well as our training and consultancy services, Climate Sense has developed the following products:

  • CaDD Explorer
  • CaDD Deep Dive
  • RAPA Workshops

CaDD Explorer and CaDD Deep Dive enable the cost-effective and speedy assessment of organisational capacity. CaDD Explorer offers a highly scalable and rapid assessment of capacity, whilst CaDD Deep Dive is able to provide a more in-depth analyses of capability including a prioritised plan of action. Both CaDD Explorer and CaDD Deep Dive make use of our CaDD Matrix, and more detail is given below.

RAPA Workshops make use of a ‘Rapid Adaptation Pathways Assessment’ within a collaborative workshop process. Again more detail is given below.

The CaDD Matrix contains over 200 metrics that can be used to determine the capabilities an organisation needs to have to make sure they are making and taking climate-informed decisions correctly. It has taken nearly two decades to develop this matrix, using evidence from over 2000 organisations worldwide. The CaDD Matrix can determine the level of capacity that needs to be obtained (a product of the specific decisions the organisation is involved in), as well as assessing the level of capacity the organisation currently has. Any gap between these two positions can then be addressed by delivering the prioritised CaDD activities.

CaDD provides approaches for measuring and improving the performance of organisations, and the systems of organisations they form part of, to manage climate change risks and opportunities.

Identifying internal, external and systemic strengths and weaknesses - Enabling the most efficient design, delivery, and monitoring of meaningful interventions. There are two pieces of software that can be used to determine CaDD outputs; CaDD Deep Dive, and CaDD Explorer.

CaDD Deep Dive


An in-depth comprehensive web-based review and diagnostic of the organisational capacity to respond to climate change issues at an individual organisation level (e.g. a business; a strategic business unit of a company, a local authority, a project, a government department, and so on).

The CaDD ‘Deep Dive’ process has been designed to rapidly place where in the CaDD matrix organisations are. This is done in an appreciative way, where high capacity questions are not asked to low capacity organisations and vice versa. This is because the online tools that we have developed are not just simple questionnaires. They will ask specific questions in response to the answers that are being provided.


CaDD Explorer


A rapid, highly-scalable and web-based review of the capacity to include climate change in the decision-making processes of multiple stakeholders in a system, for example, a supply chain, a government ministry, a value chain, a geographical area, an industry, a sector. It is capable of handling from dozens to thousands of stakeholder organisations.

It can also grow organically to include new stakeholders as users identify who else is important to their decisions. In some cases it is more appropriate to conduct CaDD Explorer reviews in dialogue rather than web-based - e.g. where access to the internet is limited. Explorer reviews (electronic and dialogue) can be updated with your own specific questions if desired.

CaDD Deep Dive & Explorer Combined

These two approaches can be combined so as projects and organisations can understand both the systemic challenges affecting them, as well as diagnosing the organisation’s best next steps to address these challenges. Building interventions upon a foundation of what is already going well.

The Explorer reviews can also be used to pinpoint where a deeper dive will prove most useful in designing interventions.

Rapid Adaptation Pathways Assessment (RAPA) Workshops

Climate Sense are the first pioneers of the Adaptation Pathways approach which growing rapidly across the globe as one of the most advanced approached to understanding the climate-informed decision-making options available to organisations that are operating within in complex situation. Rapid Adaptation Pathways Assessment workshops an invaluable first step in doing this. They provide a bottom-up assessment of:

  • long term climate vulnerabilities;
  • actions needed to address them;
  • which actions are already covered by current investment, expected/pipeline investment, and which are not yet addressed in investment plans;
  • the stakeholders that affect vulnerability and what options for climate adaptation action they offer.

This tried and tested approach has been successfully applied at organisational level, as well as at national and sectoral level. Representatives of different decision making points/levels are brought together and invited to participate e.g. National Government regulator, Municipal Department, implementing organisation. The range of participants at these workshops ensure coherence between policy and practice and the ‘enabling environment’ for delivery. The process also identifies cross sectoral dependencies.

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