ANALYSIS STEP 1: Defining the analysis process
The first step in the analysis stage is defining the analytical process. This involves decisions about how the analysis will be undertaken, the sources of information that will be used, and how stakeholders will be involved.
Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) Handbook
The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (CVCA) methodology helps us to understand the implications of climate change for the lives and livelihoods of the people we serve. By combining local knowledge with scientific data, the process builds people’s understanding about climate risks and adaptation strategies. It provides a framework for dialogue within communities, as well as between communities and other stakeholders. The results provide a solid foundation for the identification of practical strategies to facilitate community-based adaptation to climate change.
Analysis Step 1.1: Establish analysis team
The analysis team should be multidisciplinary and include expertise in climate change and vulnerability assessment. These could be climate scientists, gender and diversity experts, scientific and technical experts in relevant disciplines related to livelihoods (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, forestry) or ecosystems (biologists, environmental scientists). It may also include project design specialists. Ideally, the analysis team will also include local organisations that may eventually be partners in the project, in order to build capacity and foster a sense of ownership from the beginning. The roles and responsibilities for analysis team members should be made clear at the outset. The CVCA Handbook includes a list (p. 12) to guide the establishment of a field team for the CVCA analysis process that is a useful starting point for this process.
Analysis Step 1.2: Develop a plan for the analysis stage
A detailed work plan for the analysis should be developed. The plan should include how and when you will engage with stakeholders including men and women from target communities, partner organisations, governments and CARE staff.
Analysis Step 1.3: Decide on scope, methods and sources of information for analysis
The analysis team will be drawing on a range of qualitative and quantitative data and information. It is important to make decisions on the methods for data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting that will be used.
It is likely that the first few times this process is undertaken the team will be drawing from new data and information sources, as well as establishing new contacts. Also, as the analysis will focus at national, regional, local government /community, and household/individual levels, the information sources and collection methods will correspondingly vary. Both primary and secondary information will be used. When using primary resources, robust sampling methodologies should be used as much as possible.
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