Climate and Health Evaluation: Video 1 – Setting the Stage

>> Welcome to our video series on Evaluating
Health Adaptation For a Changing Climate. The purpose of this series is to
support you in evaluating your climate and health adaptation work by sharing
best practices and example scenarios. In this video, we will set the
stage by discussing the challenges that agencies face while evaluating
climate and health adaptation. Climate change is impacting health in many ways. In response, agencies are
taking a variety of actions to protect communities around the country. These adaptation actions include changes to
social, environmental and public health systems to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience. It is essential to evaluate
these adaptation actions to know whether the actions are actually
reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience for the health effects of a changing climate. Several factors make evaluating climate and
health adaptation particularly challenging, and these videos explore three:
time, skill and complexity. Over time, climate acts on health in many ways. Adaptation actions must anticipate
climate and health effects that may not have even occurred yet, may occur
intermittently or may incur after a long time.

For example, evaluating adaptations to address
the effects of extreme heat would need to take into account seasonal and annual variations. Similarly, the scale of an adaptation
can affect our evaluation activities. For example, a state implemented
adaptation can affect the outcomes of a city adaptation and vice versa. In addition, because climate acts on health through multiple systems both
naturally occurring and human made, adaptations often unfold through
a variety of complex pathways. For example, a greening adaptation
may affect market forces in ways that displace vulnerable populations. It's a lot to consider and, while we may not be
able to account for every challenge we encounter in climate and health adaptation, following evaluation best practices can make our
work more efficient, effective and equitable.

In this video series, we will
walk through the first three steps of the CDC Evaluation Framework,
learning about how to develop an evaluation plan while accounting
for issues of time, scale and complexity. Effective evaluation planning is not
simply creating a planning document. Rather, it's a process that involves
engaging stakeholders early and often and incorporating their differing perspectives to create a comprehensive
description of the adaptation action. This will lead to study designs that
are more meaningful and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders. To illustrate effective evaluation
planning in the following videos, we will meet three public health practitioners
and learn about their adaptation actions. We will use these examples to introduce skills
and best practices for moving through Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the CDC Framework and
show how evaluation can be applied to your own health adaptation work. Advance to the next video to meet our
three public health practitioners and learn about their health adaptation projects.

For more information about
evaluation practice overall, please visit the CDC Evaluation web page..

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