USAID Adaptation Community Meeting: Analyzing and Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Options: Findings and Methodology from a USAID Pilot Study in Ethiopia

Increasingly, households and communities face the challenges of securing livelihoods affected by climate change. In turn, practitioners working to improve livelihood security are partnering with climate change adaptation specialists to identify forward-thinking and informed strategies for supporting communities to manage climate impacts. The USAID Adaptation, Thought Leadership and Assessment (ATLAS) project is working to develop a set of climate change adaptation (CCA) decision-making tools to assess various CCA strategies for their effectiveness in helping people manage climate-related shocks and increase resilience. 

Working closely with communities involved in two USAID Feed the Future projects in Ethiopia, ATLAS tested four evaluation methodologies for their usefulness in assessing adaptation options. On July 21, 2016, the USAID Adaptation Community Meeting hosted Karyn Fox, research consultant with ATLAS partner TANGO International, for a discussion of the pilot studies’ two sets of findings: first, on the effectiveness of interventions in building household climate-resilience, and second, on the relative strengths of the methodologies themselves. Findings from the pilot study provide insights into how the tools can be adapted to help prioritize CCA options in other project settings.
Karyn Fox is a Research Consultant with TANGO International. Karyn has worked with TANGO as a Research Associate and Evaluation Manager for TANGO’s Operations Evaluations with World Food Programme. Most recently, her work focuses on climate change and social and gender analysis of agricultural-based livelihood systems. Previously, Karyn worked as Program Associate with the University of Arizona Master’s in Development Practice program. She holds an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and PhD in Sociocultural and Ecological Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her primary research interests include adaptation and governance of social and ecological systems, household food and livelihood security, and participatory development practice. 

This event was organized by the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project. All Adaptation Community Meeting webinars can be found here

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