MOTA Webinar Series

Webinar 2: MOTA Applications

  • 18 Nov 2020
  • 09:00 - 11:00
Delft, The Netherlands (CET time zone)

This webinar is part of the Motivation and Ability (MOTA) Framework: Decision Support for Strategic Planning and Implementation. The webinars will discuss its applications and similar methods; and propose an agenda for further work. Water management professionals, policy analysts, planners and researchers are invited to participate, learn more about the MOTA framework and help shape future avenues for application, research and development.

This is the second webinar in a series of three. More info on the full webinar series can be found here.

Detailed contents

Topic 1: MOTA Applications

Talk 1. MOTA Applications: Participatory Water Management Bangladesh (Md. Shibly Sadik, CEGIS)

The MOTA framework was developed and applied in the Mekong Delta to explore implementation maturity of infrastructure development plans and societal adoptability of alternative livelihood strategies. In this research we are further extending MOTA by developing an indicator framework of MOTA for assessing societal adoptability of participatory water management reforms in Bangladesh.

Talk 2. MOTA Applications: Vietnam experience (Nguyen Hong Quan and WACC team)

The MOTA framework has been applied in various contexts in Vietnamese Mekong delta and Ho Chi Minh city. Experiences with these applications will be shared in this presentation:

Water infrastructure:

  • Measuring societal adoption of infrastructure projects: Tracking the implementation of fresh-water policy in Ben Tre province, Vietnam


  • Socio – ecological resilience of mangrove-shrimp models under various threats exacerbated from salinity intrusion in coastal area of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta
  • Agriculture adaptation for wetland conservation in Mekong delta – a case study at Tram Chim Ramsar site

Urban flood

  • Evaluation of retrofitting responses on urban flood in Ho Chi Minh City using Motivation and Ability (MOTA) framework
  • Analysis of Private Sector Interest in Blue Green Infrastructure by the Motivation and Abilities (MOTA) framework: A case study in Ho Chi Minh City

Topic 2: MOTA and similar methods

Talk 3. MOTA and similar methods: Actor and Strategy Models (Leon Hermans, IHE Delft / TU Delft)

Strategic planning for water management benefits from structured and (semi-)quantified insights about a range of key stakeholders. The Motivation and Ability (MOTA) framework is one approach to provide such quantitative insights, to better understand the plausibility of different possible actor actions and outcomes. MOTA fits into a larger family of methods for model-based actor analysis – also known as actor and strategy models. Examples include game theory, social network analysis and comparative cognitive mapping. Awareness of this larger family of methods will help to improve MOTA and its future applications, as well as a better understanding of “when to use what method”. This webinar will give a short background to, and overview of, model-based actor analysis methods.

Speaker: Leon Hermans works at IHE Delft and TU Delft. His research and teaching focuses on policy analysis and evaluation for water management in multi-actor systems. With colleagues, he wrote a book on “Actor & Strategy Models”, published by Wiley in 2018.

Talk 4. MOTA and similar methods: Readiness Levels (Nora van Cauwenbergh, IHE Delft & VUB/KULeuven)

What makes us ready for change in dealing with water related risks and development? Apart from technology readiness, it is key for innovative strategies to be operationalised in a stepwise implementation and investment plan, considering the enabling environment. Robustness, adaptation to uncertainties, cost-effectiveness analysis of the strategy and its implementatbility under existing or projected mandates, regulatory framework and risk culture are hereby crucial. This webinar focuses on how the latter aspects are introduced in the complex setting of players with multiple views and values. We zoom in on cases of nature-based solutions (NBS) for adaptation to climate change. By describing the planning and implementation process from the inception phase through the definition of action plans, their implementation and monitoring and evaluation, we position participatory and adaptive approaches in terms of their capacity to improve technology, investment and institutional readiness for NBS implementation.

Speaker: Nora Van Cauwenbergh works at IHE Delft and VUB/KULeuven. Her research and teaching focuses on participatory decision support for natural resources management and governance. She has a key interest in the co-design of innovative yet implementable natural resources management systems considering different value systems. 


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