The handling of the COVID-19 crisis has shown that governments can take prompt evidence-based actions to protect people, livelihoods and the economy.

The political will to implement drastic policies during the pandemic provides a benchmark for progressive actions to accelerate and strengthen responses to another crisis: climate change.

Governments must learn from the policy gaps exposed by COVID-19 to establish better processes for using science and evidence. Applying evaluation approaches throughout policy cycles, from planning to implementation, can achieve systematic, integrated responses to climate policy; policies capable of considering different scenarios and absorbing complex evidence.

Evaluations can also promote accountability and learning to identify socially just solutions and transformational approaches to addressing climate change.

[blockquote author=”” link=”” target=”_blank”]EVALSDG’s 13th briefing outlines four key ways in which evaluations can accelerate progress towards effective climate policy. To download the paper visit the EVALSDGs site, by clicking here[/blockquote]