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Webinar on the Climate Change Mitigation Impact Evaluation

On March 19, Aaron Zazueta, Chief Evaluation Officer of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office, presented a webinar on Evaluating Progress towards Market Change for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction: GEF Support to Market Change in China, India, Mexico and Russia. The webinar discussed methodological challenges, findings, and lessons learned of the evaluation. Click here to read more.

Phase 1 of Joint Small Grants Programme (SGP) Evaluation

The first phase of the joint Small Grants Programme (SGP) evaluation was completed in January 2014 by the Independent Evaluation Offices of the GEF and UNDP. The first phase of the ongoing evaluation was undertaken as part of the Fifth Overall Performance Study (OPS5). Read the full report for detailed conclusions, recommendations and results.

Sri Lanka Country Portfolio Evaluation

The GEF IEO completed the Sri Lanka Country Portfolio Evaluation (CPE) in February 2014. The CPE assessed the performance of GEF support in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and results of the GEF activities and processes in Sri Lanka; and contributing factors to performance. Twenty three national projects implemented within the boundaries of Sri Lanka were reviewed with most projects on biodiversity and climate change. Read the full report for detailed conclusions, recommendations and results.

Russia and Morocco Country Portfolio Evaluations

The GEF IEO will conduct two new Country Portfolio Evaluations (CPEs): Russia and Morocco. The CPEs will provide feedback and knowledge sharing to the GEF Council in its decision making on resource allocation and policy, to both governments on its participation in the GEF, and to the various agencies and organizations involved in the preparation and implementation of GEF-funded projects and activities. CPEs assess the relevance, results, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency of GEF projects at the country level.

Mid-Term Evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise

The mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE) examined the initiative and provided an assessment to improve the iniaitive for the GEF-6 replenishment. The exercise was implemented to support the GEF Country Support Program and aimed to strengthen country capacity in order to better coordinate ministries and other stakeholders from public and private sectors. Four approaches were used in the report to collect data and three groups of countries were compared.

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Perfomance Evaluations

Performance Evaluations aim to provide the GEF Council, other GEF partners, and stakeholders with feedback for ongoing improvement of the GEF portfolio as well as the quality of project monitoring and evaluation across the portfolio. The office consolidates performance evaluations undertaken during the year and submits them to the GEF Council into the Annual Performance Report (APR).

Ongoing Evaluations | APRs | MAR

Impact Evaluations

Impact Evaluations seek to determine the long-term effects of GEF support, how these were achieved and what can be done to strengthen them. Such evaluation work is part of the overall exploration of the results achieved by the GEF and has a strong focus on learning lessons from experience. Impact evaluations undertaken yearly are synthesized into the Annual Impact Report (AIR)and are presented to the GEF Council.

Ongoing Evaluations | AIRs | Impact Evaluations

Country Portfolio Evaluations

Country Portfolio Evaluations analyze the totality of GEF support across GEF Agencies, projects, and programs in a given country, with the aim of reviewing the performance and results of GEF-supported activities and assessing how those activities align with country strategies and priorities as well as with GEF's priorities for global environmental benefits. Findings from CPEs are consolidated in the Annual Country Portfolio Evaluation Report (ACPER) that the Office presents to the GEF Council.

Ongoing Evaluations | ACPERs | CPEs | CPSs

Thematic Evaluations

Thematic Evaluations assess topics of concern to all GEF activities and provide a basis for decision making and lesson learning on a specific theme. These evaluations are organized in the following levels: program, process, focal area and cross-sectoral evaluations. The Office consolidates thematic evaluations undertaken during the year and submits them to the GEF Council in the Annual Thematic Evaluation Report (ATER).

Ongoing Evaluations | ATERs | Program Evaluations | Process Evaluations | Focal Areas Evaluations | Cross Sectoral Evaluations