Indicators to Assess the Effectiveness of Climate Change Projects

37 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Nancy McCarthy

LEAD Analytics

Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Ana Maria Linares

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Timothy Essam

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

Determining reasonable indicators for climate change projects is complicated by the long-term horizon of both mitigation and adaptation project impacts as well as the uncertainty associated with climate change impacts. Actions taken now are often designed to have an impact in the uncertain and distant future and may not directly mitigate or adapt to climate change, but be taken as a step to prepare for future actions. Further complicating identification of indicators is the fact that there is a spectrum of projects, from the pure climate change-focused projects to those that provide climate change benefits as one part of an overall development program, and finally to those with only incidental indirect effects. The objective of this document is to discuss SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) indicators that can be used for assessing the impact of climate change projects, including those that seek to adapt to the expected impacts of climate change and those that promote low carbon emissions growth strategies to mitigate greenhouse gases.

Keywords: climate chance, indicators, development effectiveness, impact evaluation

JEL Classification: H43, Q54, Q56, Z18

Suggested Citation

McCarthy, Nancy and Winters, Paul and Linares, Ana Maria and Essam, Timothy, Indicators to Assess the Effectiveness of Climate Change Projects (April 2012). IDB-WP, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307421

Nancy McCarthy

LEAD Analytics ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Ana Maria Linares

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

Timothy Essam

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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