Monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation by Local Government: the state of play in Australia

Scott, H 2018, 'Monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation by Local Government: the state of play in Australia', in Proceedings of 4th Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference: "Climate Adaptation 2018: Learn, Collaborate, Act" (CA18), Melbourne, Australia, 8 - 10 May 2018, pp. 1-9.


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Title Monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation by Local Government: the state of play in Australia
Author(s) Scott, H
Year 2018
Conference name CA18
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 8 - 10 May 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of 4th Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference: "Climate Adaptation 2018: Learn, Collaborate, Act" (CA18)
Publisher National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Governments at varying levels have invested funds in climate modelling, impact, risk and vulnerability assessments, and proactive planning for future climate conditions. Local governments have been very active in this space, as climate change adaptation is recognised to be particularly context specific. In Australia, many local governments have developed either stand-alone climate change adaptation plans, or incorporated significant adaptation goals and actions in other organisational strategies. However, are these strategies and actions contributing to 'successful' adaptation - a somewhat slippery concept? Monitoring and evaluation can contribute to our knowledge of whether actions are effective, and for whom, in which context. There are many barriers and challenges to monitoring and evaluating climate change adaptation, but decades of evaluation theory and practice can help address these challenges. A recent survey of Australian local governments, however, suggests that not all plans are being actively and systematically monitored, and evaluations are often internal reviews, rather than rigorous evaluations. This presentation will provide the preliminary findings of a national survey of local governments' adaptation monitoring and evaluation efforts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of whether we are 'adapting successfully'.
Subjects Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
Public Policy
Public Administration
Keyword(s) climate change adaptation
monitoring and evaluation
local government
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