Towards an evidence base on the value of social learning-oriented approaches in the context of climate change and food security

Marissa Van Epp, Ben Garside

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Abstract

Attention to social learning's potential to improve development outcomes in the context of climate change and food security challenges is growing. Yet evidence supporting the wide range of assertions about the outcomes of social learning processes is insufficient. More work is needed to understand when and how a social learning-oriented approach is effective. We respond to the gap in evidence by piloting the Climate Change and Social Learning initiative's monitoring and evaluation framework for social learning. Our objectives are to begin building an evidence base and to test the theory of change behind the framework. Using a peer-assist approach, we apply the framework to eight case studies in partnership with five initiatives. We analyse trends in evidence gathered across the case studies in four dimensions of social learning (engagement, iterative learning, capacity development, and challenging institutions) along three dimensions of change (process, learning outcomes, and changes in values and practice).

LanguageEnglish
Pages118-131
JournalEnvironmental Policy and Governance
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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  • climate change adaptation
  • food security
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • social learning

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Towards an evidence base on the value of social learning-oriented approaches in the context of climate change and food security. / Van Epp, Marissa; Garside, Ben.

In: Environmental Policy and Governance, Vol. 29, No. 2, 04.2019, p. 118-131.

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