This manual from Care International, provides detailed guidance on the use of a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection & Learning (MERL) tool primarily intended to support adaptive decision-making in communities vulnerable to climate change.
The manual provides a system to:
- "Develop participatory monitoring, evaluation, learning and reflection strategies to help stakeholders assess Community-based Adaptation so that practices can improve over time.
- Guide the development of locally specific, community-based indicators for local adaptation, for project planners to assess whether CBA projects are effective in the context of longer-term adaptive processes.
- Monitor changing contexts of vulnerability to inform Community-based Adaptation planning.
- Help ensure mutual accountability of and to stakeholders, managers and donors by demonstrating to what extent project objectives have been met, and whether the objectives remain the right ones."
Guidance on selecting tools 57
Tool 1: Shared learning dialogues 58
Tool 2: Service provider analysis 59
Tool 3: Adaptation visioning for self-monitoring and evaluation 60
Tool 4: Envisioning future climate scenarios and impacts of climate change 62
Tool 5: Mapping behavioural change journals 64
Tool 6: Mapping 66
Tool 7: Visual documentation for PMERL 68
Tool 8: Access, use and control 70
Tool 9: Most Significant Change 72
Tool 10: EXSECO, an interview tool 74
Tool 11: Hazard and response force-field analysis 76
Tool 12: Trend analysis through time-lines and seasonal calendars 78
Tool 13: Rain calendars: A tool for understanding changing rainfall patterns and effects on livelihoods 82
Tool 14: Quarterly Reflection Meeting Guide 83
This resource was suggested to BetterEvaluation by Aarjan Dixit, CARE International, Nepal.
Ayers, J., Anderson, S., Pradhan, S., & Rossing, T. Care International, (2012). Participatory monitoring, evaluation, reflection and learning for community-based adaptation: Pmerl manual. Retrieved from website: http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/adaptation/CARE_PMERL_Manual_2012...