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MEL categories

The MEL was developed by project partners with reference to existing MEL frameworks, and with inputs from the local government and residents. Seven broad categories for evaluation were therefore co-developed to capture the broad range of possible impacts of NBS in the informal setting: Water Balance, Environmental Quality, Urban Transformation, Economic Opportunity, Cost and Effectiveness, Governance, Participation, and Justice, Public Space, Health, and Wellbeing.

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water balance

environmental
quality

urban
transformation

economic
opportunity

cost +
effectiveness

governance,
participation,
and justice

public space,
health,
and well-being

MEL layers

A mixture of detailed quantitative and qualitative indicators across the categories above were developed at the scale of interventions, but also the neighborhood scale, to capture dynamics affecting the project areas. Depending on the scale and the type of data to be collected, the indicators were grouped into the following broad categories:

1. Neighbourhood Profile Indicators (NPI)

2. Project Profile Indicators (PPI)

3. Deep Root Indicators (DRI)

4. Stories and project artifacts

npi

neibourhood profile indicators

what happens in the neighbourhood...

project profile + deep root indicators

what happens on the project..

ppi
+dri
+ stories
+ artifacts

 

15

Neighbourhood Profile Indicators (NPI)

66

Project Profile Indicators

(PPI)

66

Deep Root Indicators

(DRI)

150+

Stories

and project artifacts

stakeholders

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Residents

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Community
organisations

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Urban 
intermediaries

users (+ managers of NbS)

CSOs/ CBOs/ local
federations - 
potential mangers
of NbS

Small scale NbS

developers - Users

of the MEL

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Local and
municipal
governments

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Technical 

experts

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International 

experts/

knowledge 

partners

patway to approval, adoption, and scale

NbS evaluation + 
measurement

ICLEI

These stakeholders have been identified as central to the development, management, and scaling of NBS, and hence are targeted for involvement in the MEL development.

technical capacity

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Landscape/ urban design team

A team of landscape architects as well as urban planners and designers who are knowledgeable about NbS and MEL. They conduct MEL on the implemented NbS interventions.

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Civil engineering

KDI has chartered civil engineers, construction managers, and construction experts who have deep knowledge of sound NbS construction. They formulate methods for the evaluation of engineering and construction-related MEL indicators.

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Community/ Reserach team

A team of community organizers, community developers, and gender experts who work closely with the research team to collect data on MEL indicators. The community team helps monitor indicators related to the level of community participation and to mobilize the community for pre-intervention and post-intervention monitoring.

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Finance and admin team

A team of certified accountants, finance managers, and operations experts. This team helps to track KDI NbS project costs and shares information related to certain MEL indicators, such as costs, including those incurred in different phases such as planning, construction, etc.

data collection methods

Internal 
reflection 
workshops

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In order to collect data that is credible, two main stages of data collection were developed:


1. Pre-intervention - data collection before NBS implementation
2. Post-intervention - data collection after NBS implementation

MEL stories and artifacts

[click] here to see an example showing the stories and artifacts of St John’s school.

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