Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) Project Information & Knowledge Management Standards
Project teams should strive to achieve these standards to ensure a quality process, and associated outputs, in Information & Knowledge Management throughout the CBA project cycle. Please see the Step-by-Step Guidance on Information & Knowledge Management for guidance, tools and resources which support the achievement of the standards.
Information & knowledge management includes monitoring & evaluation (M&E).
Ensuring high quality information & knowledge management in CBA projects requires:
- Management of information in all media and forms as a strategic organisational resource.
- Project staff and partners with an understanding of the importance of good information and knowledge management practices.
- A project I&KM system designed to meet information needs of project and all stakeholders.
- I&KM processes that are sensitive to women and marginalized groups.
- Tracking of both intended and unintended impacts of project activities.
- An appropriate level of rigour in methods (sampling, data collection, analysis, etc.).
- Participation of project stakeholders in the design of the I&KM system, data collection, analysis and processing.
- Opportunities for cross-learning and reflection on adaptation among staff, participants and partners, to convert information to knowledge.
- Processes that enable different groups to feel safe and say what they really think.
- Clearly assigned roles and responsibilities for information and knowledge management processes and activities at appropriate levels.
|A high quality information & knowledge management system for a CBA project should incorporate:
- Indicators that assess improvements in adaptive capacity in the areas of: climate-resilient livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, local capacity development, and addressing underlying causes of vulnerability.
- Indicators that track changes in climate variables, such as temperature and rainfall, and identified climate hazards.
- Indicators that track changes in key livelihood resources, such as crop yields, pasture productivity or fish catches.
- Both qualitative and quantitative indicators.
- Indicators that are linked to the correct level of results (output, outcome, impact).
- Disaggregation of relevant indicators by gender and other important categories of vulnerable groups.
- Comprehensive and detailed baseline survey on indicators from which to measure changes over the life of the project.
- Ongoing monitoring of achievement of results at multiple levels: household/individual, community/local institutions, and national level.
- Examination of both process and progress.
- Clear plans for evaluation of results and processes at strategic points during project implementation.
- Clear protocols for documentation of project experiences and lessons.
- Sharing of lessons and best practices on community-based adaptation with other projects and partners, and through relevant networks and websites.