How well are we adapting? Co-designing an ME&R tool for local governments

09:00 Thursday 30 May

SS043 • OC256

Room S16


Susie Moloney (Australia) 1; Helen Scott (Australia) 2

1 - RMIT University, Australia; 2 - Kingston City Council

The imperative to effectively monitor and evaluate progress in responding to climate change is clear in the post Paris climate policy context, particularly tracking adaptation capacities and actions. While this is important in comparing progress internationally, this must be a multi-scalar endeavour. The capacity to monitor, evaluate and report (ME&R) on progress at regional and local scales is particularly important as this is where the impacts are felt and effective planning and action is needed.

This focuses attention on the capacity of local actors, in particular local, regional governments and communities, to better understand local impacts and vulnerabilities, design responses and improve decision-making. This paper presents a case study of an innovative alliance of local governments in Melbourne Australia, who in partnership with two universities, state government and other stakeholders have co-designed a ‘fit-for-purpose’ ME&R tool for local governments for data sharing, reporting and communication both internally within and across local governments and externally to their communities (see How Well Are We Adapting? Online tool. The ongoing work of this collaborative project, and the online tool, is designed to build the capacity of local governments to ‘do’ adaptation to ensure they achieve their stated objectives, contribute to successful climate change adaptation and avoid maladaptation.

The case study offers insights into the process of co-design and building capacity for monitoring and evaluation and discusses the challenges involved in developing a fit-for purpose ME&R framework and sets of adaptation indicators (for open space and water security, community wellbeing and emergency management, planning and infrastructure). While the tool has been piloted by a small number of local governments and is about to be extended and adapted for use by a wider range of councils, reflections from the project so far highlight the importance of a participatory ‘learning by doing’ approach in building local government capacities and the valuable role of ME&R in facilitating learning.