Please note: This page details phase 1 of the project. If you would like to participate in trialling M&E tools in 2014, please see MESC Phase 2.

Introduction

This knowledge exchange project has piloted Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) processes with Low Carbon Community Groups (LCCGs) in the UK. Specifically, it has been working with two community networks - Transition Network and Low Carbon Communities Network - to bring the diverse M&E needs of LCCGs and recent academic research into productive dialogue. Overall, the aims are to assist participating LCCGs to create relevant and accessible M&E processes and tools.

Background

Communities and LCCGs have a key role to play in meeting the UK's significant greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments and sustainability aspirations. Knowing the impacts that LCCG activities are having is therefore important, particularly to understand more about the contributions they already make, and to think about next steps. However, LCCGs often do not have the time and resources to design and implement effective M&E. Or they can find that the array of tools that already exist do not always meet the needs or skills within groups. Indeed, previous research undertaken by members of this team (e.g. see http://www.evaloc.org.uk) has highlighted a self-identified need in LCCGs for tools and skills to carry out M&E of their projects and activities. In response, this knowledge exchange project has been exploring how to create geographically comparable and contextually meaningful M&E for LCCGs.

Activities

Interviews

Semi-structured interviews have been conducted with a sample of LCCGs, to explore experiences, knowledge and attitudes towards M&E.

Workshops

In June 2013 two one-day workshops were held with a variety of Transition Network and Low Carbon Communities Network to further explore the possibilities and potential of M&E processes and tools for these groups. The links below provide more details of each day, including workshop structure.

Project outputs

A summary report of project activities and findings is available to download here:

Monitoring and Evaluation Resources

Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation PDF: 2.6 MB
A 60 page guide to conducting your own Monitoring and Evaluation. Topics include: Deciding what to M&E; Planning your M&E; Information collection methods; Overview of resources; and useful interviews for questions and surveys.

Supplementary materials as word documents:

Useful Links

  1. Transition Network
  2. Low Carbon Communities Network
Some useful M&E guides
  1. Brief introduction to M&E
  2. Outline of M&E rationale and guide by Civicus
  3. Monitoring and evaluating for civil society

For further information on this project please contact Dr Kersty Hobson, Jo Hamilton or Ruth Mayne.