Monitoring and Evaluation of Adaptation Progress and Successes Series
Adaptation strategies are often implemented based on good ideas and best guesses, without follow-up to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of implemented adaptation practices or processes.
The goal of this series is to advance the application of monitoring and evaluating (M&E) within climate adaptation to increase its effectiveness. This four-part virtual series will highlight different approaches, examples, and frameworks from across the adaptation community, spanning natural, built, and social systems.
There will be ample opportunity for Q&A and a training session will conclude the series that can help attendees deepen their knowledge and ability to integrate M&E into their ongoing work.
All event series can be attended using the same registration link
Session One: Moving to evidence-based adaptation
Wednesday, March 16: 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET
· This panel will provide an introduction to adaptation M&E theory and practices.
· The session will cover four aspects of M&E:
· An introduction to the role of monitoring in helping foster clarity of goals, the inclusion of equity and nature, and learning if you are achieving success.
· Examples and lessons of M&E used by sites across the country.
· An inventory of resilience metrics for M&E practice in adaptation.
· How M&E can be incorporated at each level of the Steps to Resilience.
Session Two: A well-rounded perspective on monitoring and evaluation – global, federal, and local.
Wednesday, March 30: 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET
· This session will include the following presentations:
· Colleen McGinn, ISET International, “Raising the Bar: Designing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Climate Resilience.”
· Kathryn Godfrey, U.S. Government Accountability Office, “Adaptation and Accountability: The Role of GAO’s Disaster Resilience Framework in System-Wide Action.”
· Malgosia Madajewicz, Columbia University, “Enabling homeowners to adapt to coastal flooding: The case of Rockaway in New York City.”
Session Three: Adaptation monitoring and evaluation theory and practice in the natural resources and conservation sector
Wednesday, April 13: 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET
· This session will offer a comprehensive set of criteria for evaluating adaptation projects, examine evaluation efforts in the U.S. conservation sector, and share examples of evaluation in action.
· Lauren Oakes will introduce a “scorecard” of 16 criteria for evaluating adaptation projects and results from an analysis of M&E plans from 76 adaptation projects.
· Practitioners will describe their M&E efforts, indicators linked to near- and long-term goals, and practical aspects of evaluating adaptation projects in coastal South Carolina and in forests and rangelands of California.
Session Four: Training in developing targeted adaptation indicators and metrics
Wednesday, April 27: 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET
· During this training, attendees will be able to explore a toolkit (resiliencemetrics.org) created for the development, selection and use of tailored successful adaptation indicators and metrics (SAIMs).