A monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for adaptation performance by councils
Strategies, pathways and plans are often implemented with the intention of assisting climate change adaptation, but it needs to be asked whether we are doing things right or doing the right things. With the long timeframes and uncertainty of climate change impacts, not asking those questions can lead to maladaptation.
To address that danger, this project has produced a monitoring, evaluation and reporting (ME&R) framework on adaptation performance by the WAGA councils and engaged internal council decision-makers by helping them understand and learn from the process of adapting to climate change. The framework monitors the performance of councils in improving adaptive capacity and implementing adaptation actions through a set of indicators and builds on emerging international research and practice around effective ME&R for climate change adaptation.
Councils are able to answer the question ‘How well are we adapting?’ and meaningfully report to external stakeholders and the community in order to strengthen partnerships and enhance our region’s responses over time.
The project is a regional-scale project because adaptation crosses multiple jurisdictions and organisational boundaries and the project leverages networks and partnerships that already exist within the region. WAGA anticipates that the framework will have broad applicability for other agencies and governments. We have successfully tested the practical implementation of the framework through a series of trials in the region.
In 2013, the WAGA councils received $200,000 from the Victorian Government to help fund the project. WAGA’s partners in developing the monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework are RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research and Net Balance Foundation.
Through WAGA’s How Well Are We Adapting? project RMIT University has produced a literature review that examines existing literature and practice around monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks for climate change adaptation to inform the development of WAGA’s framework. The report can be accessed via this link.