Strategies for embedding climate change adaptation in public sector organisations: A Review of the Academic and Grey Literature

Turner, S, Moloney, S, Glover, A and Fuenfgeld, H 2016, Strategies for embedding climate change adaptation in public sector organisations: A Review of the Academic and Grey Literature, RMIT Centre for Urban Research, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Strategies for embedding climate change adaptation in public sector organisations: A Review of the Academic and Grey Literature
Author(s) Turner, S
Moloney, S
Glover, A
Fuenfgeld, H
Year of publication 2016
Publisher RMIT Centre for Urban Research
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Land Use and Environmental Planning
Abstract/Summary "How Well Are We Adapting?" is a three year project developed and led by the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA); a partnership of councils from across Melbourne's Western Region. The aim of the project is to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to enable member councils to track and assess their climate change adaptation (CCA) performance in key service areas. This includes developing a set of indicators and best-practice tools for reporting to the community. As WAGA and its member Councils have each taken different approaches to developing their own climate change adaptation plans or risk assessments, it is important that they are monitored and evaluated to ensure they are effectively addressing identified climate risks, developing the necessary responses and continuously learning from and improving on actions and outcomes. This report reviews existing literature and practice around M&E for CCA to help inform the development of the WAGA framework. A five step iterative process is outlined to guide the development of the M&E process, which includes a requirement to continuously monitor, review and evaluate adaptation objectives and interventions. As a starting point it is critical to establish the purpose for M&E as this will shape the type of evaluation, the type of indicators and the approach used. There can be many reasons for embarking on M&E, but it is often carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and to provide accountability. However, M&E also presents an opportunity to learn and improve so it is important to also embrace this as a key purpose. A second step is to understand what is being evaluated and why. UKCIP distinguish adaptation activities into two categories; those that build adaptive capacity and reduce vulnerability and those that deliver adaptation actions.
Commissioning body City of Greater Geelong
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