This presentation will focus on the methodological choices used to gather data. The assessment was carried out with the mindset that building long-term relationships would be the most effective way to accurately understand and address the needs of each agency. Thus, semi-structured interviews were conducted in-person. The semi-structured approach allowed for consistent findings but also provided the opportunity for participants to focus on the climate-related issues they deemed most important. Participants were recruited by email and phone based on their participation in a December 2009 meeting on climate adaptation planning, a prior relationship with a SCIPP or Oklahoma Climatological Survey employee, or snowball sampling (i.e., one participant suggested another person to contact for an interview). The interview protocol was designed to answer four research questions but was comprised of about 20 questions overall. The questions were refined throughout the interview process to reveal the most relevant and appropriate protocol. The participants were given a copy of the protocol and consent form prior to the interview which gave them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the questions. At the beginning of the interview, the interviewer described the purpose of the study, discussed the difference between weather and climate, and asked them to fill out a short demographic survey. Interviews were recorded and transcribed, and the data were analyzed thematically and according to the sectors that were consistent with the 2009 National Climate Assessment. Cross-sector analysis also occurred.