Empowering West Yorkshire’s Climate and Environment Plan

Genecon’s Custom Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Genecon were engaged by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for their Climate and Environment Plan (CEP). The CEP presented a broad portfolio of 40 ‘actions’ that are to facilitate WYCA realising its 2038 Net Zero ambition. One of the project’s key challenges lay in translating the wide array of actions into a practical set of metrics to be used for evaluation.   

Genecon conducted a series of preliminary workshops with key stakeholders in order to better understand the requirements of the framework’s outputs and functionality. The team then mapped all 40 ‘actions’ of the CEP onto specific, timebound and measurable ‘interventions’ captured within Genecon’s Climate Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The framework was then populated with robust baseline data and the profile of WYCA’s Net Zero ambitions.  

For WYCA, their bespoke Climate Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is a user-friendly tool that facilitates the comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of their CEP. It has provided, above and beyond this, a platform on which the forecasted environmental, economic and social impacts of Net Zero interventions may be compared in a straightforward and convenient way.  

The delivery of WYCA’s monitoring and evaluation framework provided valuable, transferable learnings. It underscored the foundational importance of mapping an authority’s intended actions to the format of specific and measurable interventions, allowing for robust measurement and comparison.  

Our approach also met their requirements for a highly bespoke Net Zero strategy: whilst all authorities must confront the climate crisis, their response is uniquely shaped by geography, remit and ambition. Our approach considered the different needs of local authorities whilst also meeting the high-level requirements of the combined authority. Finally, in crafting the framework, we focused on balancing the technical rigour of the framework with an ease of use appropriate for stakeholders from a variety of professional backgrounds.