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Monitoring and evaluation for climate change adaptation: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches


This report represents a synthesis and summary of frameworks for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change adaptation and resilience (CCAR) interventions, with a specific focus on international development projects and programmes.

The objective of this report is to:

  • Provide an easy-to-read synthesis of current adaptation and resilience M&E resources, frameworks, and approaches so that practitioners are able to more easily identify the information and tools that are most relevant to their needs.
  • Provide a short analysis of the ‘state of play’ of adaptation and resilience M&E guidance, identifying key themes and reflecting upon gaps and future priorities.

It is recognised that the resources reviewed in this report were developed for different, and sometimes specific, purposes. As a result, the authors do not recommend or ‘score’ tools, as their value and relevance will depend on the context in which they are applied. Instead, the aim is to provide a subjective assessment of each resource in terms of its purpose, a summary of content and approach, its potential application, and the contribution it makes to the broader understanding of adaptation M&E. There is now a growing and dynamic body of work in this field and, in some cases, the resources reviewed in this report are also evolving. Consequently, this report provides a ‘snapshot’ review at a given point in time. The first edition of this report was published in October 2013; this second version has been revised and updated to include new materials that have since been released.

Reference information

The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) supports adaptation to the unavoidable impacts of a changing climate. It is based at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and coordinates and influences research into adapting to climate change, and shares the outputs in ways that are useful to stakeholders. www.ukcip.org.uk

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jul 12 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Feb 04 2023

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