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Monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions
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SEA Change bi-weekly update – 2014 06 12.
http://www.seachangecop.org/node/3496  
 
Time for the SEA Change update. Topics this week are:
- [Training] World Bank: Climate-smart agriculture through sustainable land-water management, October 06 – 24, 2014
- [Event] CREA 2014 Annual Conference: Forging alliances for action. Culturally responsive evaluation and assessment across fields of practice, September 18 – 20, 2014, Illinois – USA
- [Training] Building resilience to climate change, 14 October – 7 November 2014, Tokyo – Japan
- [Resource] The little data book 2014
- [Resource] CRiSTAL food security 2.0 user’s manual: Community-based risk screening tool – Adaptation and livelihoods focus on food system resilience
- [Resource] Livelihoods monitoring and evaluation: A rapid desk based study
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Team leader SEA Change CoP
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SEA Change / UKCIP Evaluation Review 1: Lessons learned from agriculture and food security programme evaluations in Asia.
 
 
It is with pleasure that I present to you Evaluation Review 1, collaboratively developed with UKCIP: “Design, monitoring, and evaluation in a changing climate: Lessons learned from agriculture and food security programme evaluations in Asia”.
 
Evaluation Review 1 can be downloaded through: http://www.seachangecop.org/node/3430  
 
 
Some of the greatest challenges for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) practice relate to the connected themes agriculture, food security, and rural livelihoods. Asia is home to 87% of the world’s 500 million smallholder farms (Thapa and Ghaiha 2011), for whom the risks posed by climate change are significant and urgent.
 
This paper is the first in a series of SEA Change / UKCIP Evaluation Reviews, which are intended as short briefs highlighting and distilling findings from published evaluations of climate change related programme interventions. This first paper is aimed at sharing some design, monitoring, and evaluation (DME) ‘lessons learned’ that are pertinent to CCA, which have been drawn from a small selection of agriculture/food security (AFS) programmes across Asia. The paper is organised into five sections. We begin with a brief overview of climate change in Asia and the implications for agriculture and food security, and discuss the purpose, audience, and methodology of this paper. We go on to outline short synopses of the four example programmes, and derive key lessons that are pertinent to those monitoring and evaluating climate adaptation interventions. We close with concluding remarks and recommendations.
 
 
I would like to thank our UKCIP colleagues Patrick Pringle and Stephanie Ferguson for the great collaboration developing this resource, the Rockefeller Foundation and Pact for their continuous support, and the Technical Advisory Committee members for their valuable input!
 
 
Best wishes, Dennis
 
Team leader SEA Change CoP
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SEA Change / UKCIP REPORT: Monitoring & evaluation for climate change adaptation and resilience: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches - 2nd edition.
 
It is with a mixture of pride and also relief that I am presenting to you the second edition of the collaboratively developed SEA Change / UKCIP synthesis report, titled "Monitoring& evaluation for climate change adaptation and resilience: A synthesis of tools, frameworks and approaches - 2nd edition". The report can be downloaded from: http://www.seachangecop.org/node/3258
With this report we aimed to compile a comprehensive collection of monitoring and evaluation tools, frameworks, and approaches. In this updated second edition, a good number of newly-published frameworks and tools have been added, and attention was given to the changing focus from adaptation towards resilience.
 
With this manual, programme managers, policy-makers, and researchers can easily identify which materials would be most useful to them. The report extends the kind of adept guidance and spot-on analysis that helps development professionals do their jobs. At the same time, it identifies gaps and challenges that need to be addressed by technical specialists in the rapidly-evolving field of climate change adaptation. Vulnerable communities also have much to contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change; after all, it is they who will bear the brunt of the effects of climate change, and will also be at the forefront of formulating adept strategies. It is essential to recognise, incorporate, and act upon local knowledge and strategies to achieve resilience. The next challenge for us is to be better at identifying and communicating what works so that lessons can bring benefits to many others.
 
I would like to thank the co-authors Colleen McGinn and Patrick Pringle for their hard work, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation, Pact and the Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford. This report would not have been possible without everyone involved!
 
The report can be downloaded from: http://www.seachangecop.org/node/3258  
With kind regards, Dennis
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Call for abstracts, 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development, Washington DC September 9-11 2014.
 
This week's SEA Change update is all about the upcoming 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development, "Tackling a key 21st century evaluation challenge". This conference will take place in Washington DC September 9-11 2014. In this week's attached news update you will find the request for abstracts.
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Team leader SEA Change CoP
http://www.twitter.com/dennisbours  
and http://th.linkedin.com/in/dennisbours  

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SEA Change bi-weekly newsletter – 2014 04 24.
http://www.seachangecop.org/node/3240  
We start this week’s newsletter with not-so-good news, being that despite exerted fundraising efforts we have not been able to garner additional funding to ensure the SEA Change Community of Practice’s ongoing operations. Pact will stop formal moderation and active support of the Community in June 2014. Further information on the future of SEA Change CoP can be found in Topic 1. 
A call for papers for a climate change conference in Italy is showcased in Topic 2. In Topic 3 we stay closer to home, Asia that is, with the upcoming Effective Development Conference, which will focus on monitoring and evaluation this year. Taking place in Bangkok - Thailand, 15 to 16 May 2014.
The final two topics are all about resources that have been added to the SEA Change resource library; Topic 4 showcases WFP’s monitoring and evaluation modules and we end this week’s newsletter with UNDP’s policy briefs and training modules on gender and climate change in Topic 5.
 
To recap, this week’s topics are as follows:
Topic 1: Open letter to the members: A phased close-down of Pact’s engagement in SEA Change
Topic 2: [Event] Call for papers: Second Annual Conference: Climate change – Scenarios, impacts and policy, 29-30 September 2014, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Italy
Topic 3: [Event] Effective Development Conference 2014, 15-16 May 2014, Bangkok – Thailand
Topic 4: [Resources] World Food Programme monitoring and evaluation guidelines added to the SEA Change CoP resource library
Topic 5: [Resources] UNDP policy briefs and training modules – Gender and climate change, added to the SEA Change CoP resource library
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Consultant / Team leader SEA Change CoP
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and https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisbours  

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SEA Change bi-weekly update – 2014 04 10
 
Time for the SEA Change update! Topics this week are:
 
- [Webinar] Two webinars by FAO and partners - Climate-smart agriculture
- [Webinar] Webinar: REDD+ learning session 22 – Making Sense of the FCPF Carbon Fund’s Methodological Framework
- [Event] Community of Evaluators South Asia: Call for documentation on innovations
- [Training] E-course on Low Carbon Development: Planning & Modelling, April 29, 2014 – May 16, 2014
- [Resource] LDC concerns related to MRV in the climate regime
 
There won’t be a newsletter next week due to new year celebrations in Asia. Wishing you happy Chaul Chnam Thmey, Songkran, Pii Mai, Puthandu, Maha Vishuva Sankranti, Aluth Avurudda, Pohela Boishakh, Bihu, Vikram Samvat, Thingyan, Malayali and Vishuva Sankranti-Oriya New Year!
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Team leader SEA Change CoP
http://www.twitter.com/dennisbours  
and http://th.linkedin.com/in/dennisbours  

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Community driven vulnerability evaluation: A handbook incorporating vulnerability to climate change into project design and implementation.
 
This book tells the user (planner, researcher and development practitioner) about the tool CoDriVE-PD, the tool that helps craft projects that take into account vulnerability to climate change.
This handbook is a guide on using CoDriVE-PD. Organised into different sections that deal with specificity of the tool, it helps the user understand the need for a tool in today’s dynamically changing world. It takes the user from how the tool evolved to actually taking the person through the details that help one to understand how this tool can be applied while designing projects.
http://seachangecop.org/node/2916  

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SEA Change bi-weekly newsletter – 2014 04 03.
 
Everyone survived April Fools’ day?
Topic 1: The recording of our latest webinar is now online, together with a number of resources that were discussed during this webinar. An upcoming ARCAB training workshop in Bangladesh is showcased in Topic 2, while an upcoming online World Bank training can be found in Topic 3.
Topic 4 and 5 focus both on mitigation-focused events, a conference on MRV and a webinar on private sector engagement in NAMA’s. Resources on climate finance tracking for various sectors are shared in Topic 6 and we end this week’s newsletter with an overview of recent IGES publications of relevance to our members.
 
To recap, this week’s topics are as follows:
Topic 1: Recording + resources online of the "Special webinar on the new SEA Change / UKCIP climate change adaptation M&E guidance notes + Q&A”
Topic 2: [Training] ARCAB training workshop on Community-Based Adaptation M&E
Topic 3: [Training] World Bank online course: Safe and resilient cities
Topic 4: [Event] Conference – MRV GHG emissions under existing and developing carbon pricing mechanisms, 3 June 2014, Bonn - Germany
Topic 5: [Webinar] World Bank Webinar: Engaging the private sector in fast start NAMAs
Topic 6: [Resources] AfDB climate finance tracking methodology and guidance manuals
Topic 7: [Resources] IGES publications added to SEA Change CoP resource library
 
Enjoy the read!
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Team leader SEA Change CoP
http://www.twitter.com/dennisbours 
and https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisbours

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SEA Change bi-weekly update – 2014 03 27
 
Time for the SEA Change update! Topics this week are:
 
- [Resource] Quick reference guide for successful project delivery
- [Resource] Regional workshop report: Gender and climate-smart agriculture in ASEAN
- [Training] E-learning course: Gender in agriculture
- [Training] Monitoring & evaluation for adaptation, 17-18 July 2014, Norwich - UK
- [Training] Diploma in GHG MRV
- [Resource] MRV manual for CDM programme of activities
 
Enjoy the read!
 
 
Best wishes,
 
Dennis Bours
Team leader SEA Change CoP
http://www.twitter.com/dennisbours   
and http://th.linkedin.com/in/dennisbours   
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