Blogs

We collect knowledge-rich blogs from evaluators and persons both within and without our community. These blogs offer writers the opportunity to narrate in less formal writing styles their personal evaluation experiences, capture evaluation findings in easy-to-understand ways while engaging the community with other relevant knowledge.

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Strengthening the Value of Evaluation in Energy Programs and Policies

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By: Edward Vine, Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
On: Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021

Energy efficiency has the capability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Provisions to tap this resource must be central to climate policy to get the needed reductions, and to get them as quickly and cheaply as possible. Sustainability is also a central concern arising due to the crisis of climate change. As a result, increasing attention has been focused on the challenges faced in evaluating sustainability. Furthermore, sustainable development is more likely to be effectively achieved by building sustainable organizational evaluation systems.

Averting a ‘train wreck’ – Taking stock of environmental consequences of development interventions

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By: Suppiramaniam Nanthikesan, Lead Evaluation Officer, IFAD
On: Thursday, Feb 11, 2021

Summary: IFAD was one of the pioneers in the UN system to recognize the need to evaluate the intended and unintended environmental consequences of development interventions. This blog piece analyses the key elements of the system developed in IFAD to sustain this effort, and to keep it going strong for the past decade. Among these, the piece highlights that the evaluation of environmental consequences of development interventions is relevant and useful to the extent that organizations are committed to mainstreaming such analysis in their programmes. 

Mainstreaming the environment into evaluations - can we walk the talk?

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By: Johannes Dobinger, Chief, UNIDO Independent Evaluation Division
On: Monday, Jan 11, 2021

A lot has been said about the importance of the environmental dimension in evaluations. From the discussion of concepts like “triple bottom line” to the Agenda 2030 efforts have been made to strike a balance between the key goals of international development cooperation (social, environmental, economic) while evaluation should provide us with the evidence on the results of these efforts.

Integrating Environmental and Social Impact into Evaluations

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By: David Todd, Director, ideds
On: Monday, Jan 04, 2021

Blog co-author: Juha I. Uitto, Director, GEF Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO)

 

Piloting Post-Completion: How do you measure real sustainability?

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By: Molly Sohn, Evaluation Analyst, GEF IEO
On: Monday, Dec 14, 2020

Project sustainability- the continuation of benefits after project support has ended- receives a lot of attention in the GEF partnership, and rightly so. Creating lasting benefits is the ultimate goal of development work, and a higher bar to reach than delivering on planned project outcomes. But evidence of the actual sustainability of project benefits is also hard to come by, because monitoring systems typically end with a project. For this reason, evaluations traditionally rely on predictions of likely sustainability of outcomes as when project support ends, based on the risks to...

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