Tracking Successful Adaptation: Smart Monitoring for Good Results
This report summarizes a workshop sponsored by USAID and partners in 2012 aimed at improving monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation programs.
The workshop included more than 100 experts from 30 countries and was held in Bonn, Germany. Break-out discussions included topics such as identifying the main challenges for carrying out such programs and possible solutions.
Participants agreed on some key themes for carrying out effective M&E for adaptation. These included:
- Simplicity is important. Complex methods may be overly costly to implement and may not communicate well.
- Evaluating adaptation impacts requires more time than the duration of the typical development project. Accordingly, there is a need to think beyond projects to conduct evaluations.
- Capacity building for adaptation M&E is needed at many scales, including among agency staff, national policy makers, and local implementers.
- It could be useful to develop a repository of adaptation indicators that are already being used. However, indicators alone are not sufficient to address how to monitor and evaluate adaptation.
- While conducting M&E, it is important to use a robust theory of change and to monitor assumptions along with results.
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