Official reporting is important and necessary, yet how to make sure it is useful and links to the needs of those who must use it and provide input? When the European Environment Agency (EEA) decided to reshape their statutory report European Environment – State and Outlook, they worked with Prospex to engage their networks of organizations across Europe and beyond (EIONET) to co-create the form and processes for a targeted, user and provider-friendly new reporting system. The process led to highly innovative results which concerned the gathering of a great deal of environmental information from all partners. The treatment and analysis of this data, the publication and presentation of the outcome to decision-makers, policy-makers and interested publics across Europe subsequently followed. With this process, the EEA enabled lasting commitment, compliance and effect for their statutory reporting.