Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

National monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) for climate adaptation measures the progress toward building climate resilience in a country.

Our technical support on MEL for national climate adaptation covers four key themes:

  • MEL system design. To clarify the key building blocks of a country’s MEL system, including what the country wants to measure, for whom, why, and where to start.
  • Data and information management for MEL. To develop the tools required to collect and analyze data from a range of sources and scale of governance, and to establish data management systems that include essential elements such as data ownership, exchange modalities, and reporting relationships.
  • Using adaptation indicators. To ensure key principles are considered when developing indicators, such as being relevant based on the objectives of the MEL system, simple to ensure usability over time, and complementary to other tools.
  • Global Goal on Adaptation: Designing and leveraging national MEL systems for adaptation to inform global assessments of progress towards the Global Goal on Adaptation. 

Effective MEL systems for national adaptation also require addressing the following considerations, which are relevant across the four key themes: gender equality and social inclusion; alignment of MEL systems between the NAP process and other development processes (e.g., nationally determined contributions [NDCs], the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]); and strategic linkages between national and local levels.