Monitoring & Evaluating Climate Change Activities: Helping Cities Measure Up
Format:Full/partial remote access
Who Should Attend?
USAID Staff, USAID Implementing Partners, Interested Public
About this Event
Increasingly, cities are taking control of assessing local risks associated with climate variability and change and implementing adaptation strategies to mitigate impacts to their residents and to the economic activity and infrastructure on which they depend. To build resilience, cities will need to incorporate adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategies that effectively measure and assess the effectiveness of adaptation activities and allow for timely improvements to their strategies.
At the July Adaptation Community Meeting the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project will present its work on best practices for monitoring and evaluating urban climate adaptation activities. The team will present the results from two recently published reports, including a literature review that summarize best practices for effective city-level adaptation M&E and a reference guide to develop a robust, practical, and resource-efficient adaptation M&E system. The guide is being field tested in the city of Cagayan de Oro, located on the island on Mindanao in the Philippines, where ATLAS is assisting the city to develop an M&E system to track adaptation actions it is taking to implement its climate change adaptation plan. Preliminary results of this work will also be discussed at the event.
- Owen Scott is a program manager with USAID’s Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) Project. Mr. Scott is a co-author of the city-level adaptation M&E literature review and reference guide developed by ATLAS and is leading the development of the adaptation M&E system in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. He has also developed guides for designing climate vulnerability assessments, financing climate resilience in African cities, and expanding the use of green infrastructure to increase urban climate resilience. Mr. Scott holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and was a natural resource management volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Philippines.
- Sara Mills-Knapp is a consultant with 14 years of diverse experience in international urban development on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Ms. Mills-Knapp provides technical and strategic guidance on the development and implementation of sustainability programs in the public sector. With a graduate degree from Columbia University in Sustainability Management, she is focused on advancing best practices in sustainability and action on climate change through data collection, research, analysis, and reporting.
- Aimee Rose is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning expert with more than 14 years of experience in the international development field. Ms. Rose has worked as a Technical Director and Chief of Party for two large USAID MEL activities in Kenya and Afghanistan. Ms. Rose recently joined Social Impact as a Program Director for the Strategy, Performance, and Learning division, where she focuses on integrating research and other findings into project management. Ms. Rose holds a graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.