Performance evaluations in the GEF assess the internal dynamics of participating organizations, instruments, mechanisms, and management practices. They include evaluations of institutional and procedural issues across GEF focal areas and assessments of experience with GEF strategies and policies, criteria and procedures.
The Evaluation Office has recently completed the Review of the GEF Earth Fund and Review of the GEF Engagement with the Private Sector.
Review of the GEF Earth Fund
Follow-up to Review of the GEF Earth Fund
The Annual Performance Report (APR) aims to provide the GEF Council, other GEF partners, and stakeholders with feedback for ongoing improvement of the portfolio as well as the quality of project monitoring and evaluation across the portfolio.
For a completed list of the Evaluation Office APR's please click here.
1. What are the objectives of the Annual Performance Report?
The Annual Performance Report (APR) is a yearly report by the Evaluation Office to the GEF Council on results of completed GEF projects, processes that affect the accomplishment of results, and its assessment of the quality of project monitoring and evaluation activities across the portfolio.
2. How are projects and themes selected?
APR reports on performance of all the completed medium- and full-size projects of GEF for which terminal evaluation reports have been submitted to the Office. In addition, whenever there is a need to do so, the Office may undertake detailed assessment on other themes pertaining to the performance of the GEF project portfolio. In the past, special assessments such as “quality of supervision” and “quality of M&E arrangements at entry” in GEF projects have been presented in the APR.
3. How is the APR prepared?
The APR is prepared in partnership with the evaluation offices of the GEF agencies. The process starts with an approach paper for APR that is prepared by the GEF Evaluation Office and circulated among the stakeholders in the GEF partnership. The analysis on performance of the completed projects is based on the review of terminal evaluations conducted by the Evaluation Office in collaboration with the evaluation offices of the agencies. To assess the extent to which evidence provided in the terminal evaluation report is reliable, some of these are randomly selected for field verification. Special assessments are undertaken to address other issues listed in the approach paper. The preliminary findings of the APR are presented in an interagency meeting, and the draft report is shared with the stakeholders in the GEF partnership. The feedback received through these processes is incorporated in the final report, which is then presented to the GEF Council.
4. How are project terminal evaluations carried out?
Terminal evaluations of projects are carried out by agencies on the basis of the Terminal Evaluation Guidelines of the GEF.
5. What does the APR measure?
The APR primarily measures performance of completed projects and quality of the terminal evaluation reports.
6. What are the GEF Council’s decisions with regard to the APR?
Several Council decisions have been made based on the recommendations presented in the APR. More information on these decisions can be found in the Foreword of each APR.
7. How do I gather information and contacts about the APR?