Step 4 and Step 5 should be worked through together. Monitoring and evaluating for each adaptation action should be planned for from the beginning, in order to ensure useful data for determining success and next steps.
Introduction: Climate Adaptation – Framework and Implementation
Step 1: Building a Strong Foundation
Step 2: Assess Vulnerability and Risk
Steps 4 and 5: Implement Adaptation Actions, Monitor and Evaluate
Climate Adaptation Worksheet – download
Implement Adaptation Actions
Monitor and Evaluate
Many factors can be used to assess and record progress and they will be dependent on the task.
Before you can make a measurement, you need to know your starting points or your benchmarks. For example, if your outcomes include a reduction in monthly heating costs, you need to know the average costs before you start the project. You will need that number when it is time to assess your progress.
Keep in mind your goals need to be:
Some types of measuring to consider:
Evaluation will help you learn from and record the experience, check programs, identify strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness of your planning, and, most importantly, help you to determine the next steps.
Some sample questions you might want to ask when evaluating your outcomes and measurements:
As you develop and evaluate your plan, consider sharing your work with your members, community, stakeholders, and even your local and regional governments. There is also a benefit in sharing your work with your visitors, letting them know that your organization is serious about climate action and you are actively mitigating the effects on your historic site. This can be done in much the same way as you would promote conservation efforts.
Use the fourth tab on our climate adaptation workbook to record your information.
Here is a basic example for your reference:
|Repair 10 windows on the south and west faces by September 30.||We completed repairs on 8 of the 10 windows by the deadline. Windows on the west side of the building were not repaired.||Work on 8 windows was straightforward as the pre-work assessment had been thorough and accurate. The repairs appear to be successful, and we do not see signs of water ingress. We could not finish work on two windows as we discovered additional rot inside the walls when we removed the window frames. We could not anticipate the extent of the work based on the original assessment. The repair work has become more extensive and costly. More time is needed.
|We have finished the assessment for the two remaining windows, but we do not have the funds to undertake the reparations of the walls and windows. The new deadline is May 30, after the winter season and after our fundraiser.|
|Insulation upgrades to reduce the heating bills by 25%.||The insulation upgrade was completed on time and under budget. The heating bill has been reduced by 15% in the three months since we added new insulation.||The insulation upgrade was the right job at the right time, but we were not realistic in setting the timeline of the outcome. Staff and visitors are feeling much more comfortable in our building as it is less drafty. We did not reach our goal of reducing the heating bill, but we need to go through an entire winter season to see if we can reach the goal. We have been recording the weather and we note the temperatures are warmed this winter.||The building manager has been asked to review the situation by the end of May to see if we achieved the 25% reduction in heating bills. We will continue to ask for feedback from our users. Our contractor says he will help us if there are specific problems.|