Overcoming methodological challenges to monitoring and evaluating adaptation

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Presentation on methodological approaches to monitoring and evaluation of adaptation - approaches used by members of OECD Evalnet to overcome some of the challenges identified in the WRI/IIED paper.
Presented at the Meeting of the OECD Joint DAC-EPOC Task Team on Climate Change and Development Co-operation, April 2014, Zürich, Switzerland. For more information, please contact Michael Mullan (michael.mullan@oecd.org) & Jan Corfee-Morlot (jan.corfee-morlot@oecd.org).

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Overcoming methodological challenges to monitoring and evaluating adaptation

  1. 1. Overcoming methodological challenges to monitoring and evaluating adaptation Megan Kennedy-Chouane Review & Evaluation Team Development Co-operation Directorate April 2014
  2. 2. The “missing middle” 2
  3. 3. Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation • Learning from others – How to choose among many options? – Building it in from the start • Avoiding pitfalls – Cost/benefit of monitoring and evaluation – Avoid “OMD” – Look at both supply and demand – Stay focused on what matters most
  4. 4. How to choose approach? • Define purpose • Impartiality and independence • Credibility • Usefulness • Participation of development partners • Donor co-operation DAC principles for Evaluation (1991) 4
  5. 5. Learning-ready programmes 5
  6. 6. Who produces evidence? Who uses it? 6
  7. 7. Avoid overload! 7
  8. 8. Don’t get distracted input output Adaptation! 8 School children eating lunch. UNOCHA/Haiti 2011
  9. 9. Thank you! www.twitter.com/oecd_evalnet 2,200 followers; average 10 Tweets per week http://www.youtube.com/user/OECDEvalNet 4,419 video views; 37 videos; 20 subscribers Bi-monthly Newsletter to about 1000 people Visit and follow us at: www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation 9
  10. 10. DEReC 10 DAC Evaluation Resource Centre www.oecd.org/derec
  11. 11. The role of evaluation Adapt to context and questions by using tools to determine: School children eating lunch. UNOCHA/Haiti 2011 Impacts Efficiency Effectiveness Relevance Factsheet on Criteria (.pdf) Sustainability
  12. 12. The “DAC Approach” to Evaluation • Encourage evaluation as means to support critical thinking and put learning and accountability at the heart of the aid programme – not a straight jacket! • Evaluation principles (independence, credibility, use) provide basic guiding concepts • The DAC quality standards provide key benchmarks for the evaluation process and product • Specific guidance and library of evaluation reports provide direction and examples • Encourage joint, collaborative and country-led evaluation, including through capacity development 12

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