A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (the Framework) is needed to ensure that disaster recovery programs can be evaluated for their effectiveness. By improving the quality of disaster recovery evaluations, governments will be able to improve subsequent disaster recovery programs, to the extent that the learnings from these evaluations are incorporated into program design and delivery.
This Framework has been developed in response to recommendation 6 of the Review of Commonwealth and State/Territory Relief and Recovery Payments: Report to COAG/SCPEM from the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee Recovery Sub-Committee (2012), which was endorsed by COAG in 2012.
Among other gaps and issues, the report highlighted that “jurisdictions and the Commonwealth do not measure or report on the effectiveness of their [disaster assistance] programs”. Similarly, the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (COAG 2011) highlights the increasing incidence and cost of disasters in Australia. To better deal with the increasing incidence of disasters, the National Strategy affirms a cooperative response that emphasizes shared responsibility and empowering communities.