Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit

Posted on: 1/16/2024 - Updated on: 1/16/2024

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Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are critical steps in the ongoing process of adaptation that allow us to understand what is working and identify areas for improvement. This toolkit contains a number of resources to 1) introduce adaptation professionals to monitoring and evaluation and their potential benefits, 2) support the preparation for and execution of adaptation evaluations, and 3) explain how to work with evaluation consultants. 

Evaluation enables data-driven decision-making and helps organizations assess their work to identify what worked, what didn’t work, and why. Resilience Metrics, a website that provides guidance on monitoring and evaluation throughout the adaptation process, outlines five key reasons to evaluate adaptation projects and programs: 

  • Effective communication and public engagement
  • More deliberate planning and decision-making
  • More persuasive justification of adaptation expenditures
  • Better accountability and governance
  • Deeper learning and better adaptive management

Visitors can click through the sections below on the toolkit website to find information and vetted resources that correspond to their level of experience and specific interests:

  • What is evaluation?
  • Preparing for an evaluation
  • Conducting an evaluation
  • Working with an evaluator
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Case studies

Managing Organizations

The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the participation of Ohio State University and Michigan Sea Grant. Its Core Management Team is comprised of leading climatologists, social scientists, and outreach specialists. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with additional support from U of M and MSU, GLISA is part of a national network of regional centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability.

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