From what works to what will work. Integrating climate risks into sustainable development evaluation – a practical guide
Seven years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, the world has changed dramatically. Yet methods and approaches for evaluating sustainable development interventions have remained largely unchanged.
Monitoring, evaluation and learning systems are failing to provide a basis for understanding how future sustainable development interventions can withstand the impacts of climate change. There is an urgent need for countries and the international community to move from looking at 'what works' to evaluating 'what will work'.
This guide will support evaluation commissioners and evaluators across sectors to integrate different and uncertain climate futures into their evaluations to achieve better planning. We provide the context for the imperative to shift towards evaluations that assess 'what will work' in the face of an uncertain climate future. We outline six practical steps for designing evaluations that integrate climate risks and provide two practical working tools to support that process.