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Bridging the Science-Policy-Implementation Divide

We offer a unique combination of monitoring, evaluation, and learning capacity, with expertise specifically in climate resilience and disaster management. This combination allows us to provide a level of insight into technical challenges, development solutions, and issues that extend far beyond a traditional M&E portfolio. Our team of experts have developed MEL frameworks, theories of change, and MEL plans, providing thorough analysis and regular reporting for a number of resilience building programs. Here are examples of our recent MEL work:  

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Supporting in the Monitoring and Evaluation of BRACED

Program Locations: Multinational
Project Duration: 2018
Lead: Kanmani Venkateswaran

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Phase II 

Program Locations: Multinational
Project Duration: 2018-ongoing
Lead: Kanmani Venkateswaran

Evaluation of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund's Global Portfolio

Program Locations: Multinational
Project Duration: 2020
ISET Project Lead: Colleen McGinn, Ph.D.

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The trends are clear. Impacts from disasters are getting worse. Yet after a disaster there is rarely the time to learn what happened, why, and what could be improved.  We know the recovery period is a key window of opportunity to take action to reduce future risk and ensure that disasters will not repeat in a similar way. To address this urgent need to learn from recent disasters, ISET, in partnership with the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, developed the PERC methodology. PERC systematically analyzes disaster event, focusing on how a specific hazard event became a disaster, with the goal of generating actionable recommendations. The method has been used since 2013 to conduct over 15 post-flood studies and 3 post-wildfire studies. 

ISET's PERC Studies and a Map of Their Locations

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ISET experts have designed and facilitated capacity building trainings to teams around the world on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), Resilience, and Transformation. The team has developed specialized training materials to meet the needs of clients to improve their ability to increase resilience through their work. Below are examples of related projects and publications.

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ISET has designed and led several programs in urban climate change adaptation and resilience. Below are highlights selected from over 50 projects and programs completed by our organization.

Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)
Locations: India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam 
ISET led in the coordination and implementation of Phase II of ACCCRN. The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network was one of the first major programs worldwide to work directly at the city level to apply knowledge of resilience to urban and climate change issues. 
Mekong - Building Resilience to Climate Change in Asian Cities (M-BRACE)
Locations: Thailand, Vietnam 
M-BRACE focused on applying principles of resilience in a way that promoted equitable social development and ensured effective participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups, paying particular attention to issues of ethnicity and gender.  ISET and partners designed the program, facilitated shared learning between stakeholders, provided capacity building and training, and wrote and disseminated publication on equitable urban resilience. 
100 Resilient Cities: Guidance to Vietnam Cities
Locations: Vietnam 
ISET was a strategic partner for Da Nang and Can Tho, the Vietnamese cities selected by the Rockefeller Foundation's initiative to Promote a Resilience agenda in 100 cities across the globe. ISET was responsible for providing guidance of city staff in understanding the 100RC Resilience Framework, planning and leading workshops, undertaking vulnerability assessments, identifying priority strategies for cities. ISET provided capacity building, technical assistance, analysis, and reporting functions. 
Sheltering from a Gathering Storm
Locations: India, Pakistan, Vietnam  
Shelter design is one of the greatest factors influencing the loss of lives and assets during extreme climate events. It is also a significant cost for governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations working on disaster risk reduction or post-disaster reconstruction. The Sheltering from a Gathering Storm project has generated substantive information on the costs and benefits of climate resilient shelter designs. 
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