Conducting a Self-Assessment and Evaluation
Self-assessment and evaluation is the final step any planning process. Evaluating successful climate adaptation initiatives, as well as efforts that have fallen short of expectations, can provide useful information for updating your community’s adaptation strategy. Self-assessment and evaluation can be completed using three different methods:
- Revisiting the Vulnerability Assessment - After conducting a new vulnerability assessment, diminished vulnerabilities indicate that the adaptation strategies implemented were successful, while areas in which the level of vulnerability has stayed the same or risen indicate that actions were not taken, had not succeeded, or that new vulnerabilities have arisen which must be addressed.
- Tracking Indicators - If a community has created a specific indicator for success, then this self-assessment phase would be the time to compare current indicator levels against baseline levels.
- Actions Taken - A community may also choose to focus on the actions that it determined were necessary and simply monitor the completion of those actions.
In addition to self-assessments, it is important to reassess whether the climate models used in your adaptation planning process agree with observed patterns in climate. Information on scientific climate change monitoring is available in the Vulnerability Assessment
page. Additionally, major reports are regularly being updated by the IPCC
and the National Climate Assessment
and those updates should be reviewed periodically. Finally, information on creating local monitoring programs can be found on the Setting Preparedness Goals, Planning and Implementation
Content Last Updated November 2013