In 2013, the Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) received $200,000 from the Victorian Government to help fund the development of a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for adaptation responses by local government, with partners RMIT Centre for Urban Research and Net Balance Foundation. Over the next three years, the framework was developed with input from council officers. In 2016, the tool itself was developed in partnership with Federation University Australia's Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI).
In 2018, WAGA and RMIT received a further Victorian Government grant of $150,000 to help expand the framework and extend the membership of the tool to all Victorian councils. In this phase of the project, 20 Victorian local governments are subscribed to 'How Well Are We Adapting': Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Glen Eira, Greater Bendigo, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Maroondah, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges.
The framework developed for How Well Are We Adapting is one of the first climate change adaptation monitoring and evaluation frameworks in the world for measuring adaptation focused on local government and developed and tested by decision-makers.