MC3 Raindrop Plots

This visualization represents a deeper exploration of the MC3 case study data, which investigates how key concepts relate to the different case communities. These concepts where derived from the MC3 coding framework and the visualizations show where and at what strength they appear within the MC3 research. Concept strength refers to the relative frequency of a concept as it appears within both a community’s interview transcripts and case study. This analysis allowed us to explore patterns, similarities and differences among the communities with the goal of understanding the successes and challenges of climate action in each of the communities.

This ‘raindrop plot’ is a visual representation of the analysis, plotted with concepts on the y-axis and community on the x-axis. For each concept, strength is represented through the size of the circular marker, larger circles signifying a higher strength. Concepts are also arranged in the vertical space according to their prevalence.

The community filter located at the top of the graph allows you choose which communities are displayed, allowing you to highlight and compare certain communities. The concept filter also located at the top of the graph allows you to pick and choose which concepts are displayed to easily compare and contrast certain concepts.


Clarification on ambiguous coding terms and acronyms

  • Academic – Refers to the involvement of post-secondary institutions in developing climate change adaptation plans and/or mitigation strategies
  • CARIP - Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program
  • CEEI - Community Energy and Emissions Inventory
  • CEEP - Community Energy and Emissions Plan Council – Refers to how integral City (or community) Council was in enabling local climate action (i.e., climate change initiatives that involve local policies and/or approval from elected officials)
  • Culture – Refers to cultural considerations around public support for and engagement in climate action and sustainability plans (i.e., is local culture conducive to developing and implementing climate initiatives?)
  • ICLEI – International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives - Local Governments for Sustainability, specifically refers to ICLEI Canada
  • ICSP - Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Integrated
  • OCP – Refers to the integration of community sustainability plans and actions in the Official community plan
  • Integration – Refers to how well sustainable development has been integrated into all operations of a community (i.e., is it integrated or compartmentalized and segregated from other city operations?)
  • NIMBY – ‘Not in my backyard’, refers to people’s reluctance or opposition toward an operation or development proposed to be situated nearby to their place of residence
  • PCP - Partners for Climate Protection
  • Real Estate – Refers to the how property values are affected as certain neighbourhoods become more vulnerable to issues related to extreme weather events (i.e., flooding)
  • Recognition – Refers to public recognition communities and/or community leaders receive as leaders in climate action and innovation