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Role of MRE in the adaptation policy cycle

The complex and long-term nature of climate change places a strong emphasis on embedding monitoring and evaluation as a continuous and flexible process (UNFCCC, 2010)

The policy cycle and versions thereof, remain a critical way of conceptualizing, and then managing policies and associated projects and programmes. If implemented effectively, learning is a central concept whereby adjustments can be made during the cycle in response to events and taking account of past experience to inform future planning (Biggs and Smith, 2003). Monitoring and evaluation plays a key role in providing the evidence for this cyclical learning process and is therefore familiar to policymakers and project managers the world over. Yet the realities of implementation have led to numerous criticisms of the project cycle in relation to MRE, with examples of expensive and seemingly comprehensive systems failing to capture lessons or not being used for effectively for future management or planning. Given the complexity of climate change, the challenge for those working in adaptation is even greater.

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