Integrating climate futures into evaluation
Climate shocks are occurring more often and with greater intensity. These impacts risk undermining or even reversing sustainable development progress both locally and globally. Existing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems fail to provide an adequate basis for understanding how future sustainable development interventions can withstand the impacts of climate change. Solutions that work now may not be suitable for the future. There is therefore an urgent need for countries and the international community to move from looking at ‘what works’ to evaluating ‘what will work’. This briefing calls on evaluation commissioners and decision makers in government, the donor community, civil society and academia to invest now in evaluations that explore the viability of policies and programmes under increasing climate uncertainty.