The Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework

Article, 28 October 2014

The Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development (TAMD) framework uses two key measures to measure adaptation success.

Nepal’s Rukum district is highly vulnerable to landslides and extreme rainfall variations. TAMD feasibility work has tested specific tools for evaluating climate change adaptation and made them relevant to the Nepalese context. (Photo: Susannah Fisher/IIED)

TAMD is a 'twin track' framework that evaluates adaptation success as a combination of how widely and how well countries or institutions manage climate risks (Track 1) and how successful adaptation interventions are in reducing climate vulnerability and in keeping development on course (Track 2). The aim is to generate bespoke frameworks for individual countries tailored to specific contexts.

The operational framework of TAMD outlines the steps needed to apply the TAMD framework, providing practical guidance on how to put the concepts into operation. In December 2014 a step-by-step guide was published on how to do TAMD for government planners, development agencies and NGO staff.
TAMD's dual approach can track adaptation at all levels and from all sources, from initiatives involving several countries, various interventions in a single country, and right down to local projects. It can assess whether climate change adaptation leads to effective development and also how development interventions can boost communities' capacity to adapt to climate change. It does this by evaluating an intervention within and across the two tracks.

The diagram below explains how TAMD's twin track approach can help countries track two complementary dimensions – national and sub-national responses for managing climate change and their implication on development outcomes.  

There are a set of TAMD indicators for Track 1 that are being customised in different contexts.

Indicator 1: Climate change integration into planning

Indicator 2: Institutional coordination for integration

Indicator 3: Budgeting and finance

Indicator 4: Institutional knowledge and capacity

Indicator 5: Climate information

Indicator 6: Uncertainty

Indicator 7: Participation

Indicator 8: Awareness among stakeholders

Indicator 9: Vulnerability/resilience

These notes are subject to continuous revision based on user feedback.

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