Staff Publications

Evaluating the Environment as a Global Public Good

January 2016

The article Evaluating the Environment as a Global Public Good by Juha I. Uitto, Director of the GEF Independent Evaluation Office, draws upon his work for GEF and suggests ways for practitioners to evaluate and understand the impact of global environment programs on the environment and the lives of affected people.

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From MDGs to SDGs - Evaluating Global Environmental Benefits

December 2015

MDGs to SDGs: Evaluating Global Environmental Benefits discuss the opportunities evaluation communities have to contribute to the SDGs.

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Beyond Outputs: Pathways to Symmetrical Evaluations of University Sustainable Development Partnerships

January 2015

This article explores pathways to symmetrical evaluations of transnationally partnered research, curricula, and public-outreach initiatives specifically devoted to sustainable development. Drawing on extensive literature and informed by international development experience, the authors present a novel framework for evaluating transnational higher education partnerships devoted to sustainable development that addresses design, management, capacity building, and institutional outreach. The framework is applied
by assessing several full-term African higher education evaluation case studies with a view toward identifying key limitations and suggesting useful future symmetrical evaluation pathways.

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Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Mixed Approaches

January 2015

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Bulletin Towards Systematic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact was released in January where GEF IEO colleagues, Jeneen R. Garcia and Aaron Zazueta, collaborated on the article “Going Beyond Mixed Methods to Mixed Approaches: A Systems Perspective for Asking the Right Questions”.

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Making M&E More Impact oriented: Illustration from the UN

November 2014

As a follow up to a workshop on evaluation in development, held at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in March 2014, the research institute published a special issue bulletin which focusses on the main findings of this event. As IDS states in their announcement, the workshop “aimed to sketch out a research and practice agenda to meet increasing demands for evidence about successful programs and projects.”

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Evaluating Environment and Development - Lessons from International Cooperation

January 2014

This article discusses environmental evaluation in the context of national development in developing countries. It makes a case for evaluation to move beyond evaluating individual interventions to assessing the contributions to sustainable development at the national and international levels. It highlights challenges relating to evaluating environment in national development, as well as aggregation and attribution of results from programmes aimed for demonstration and policy influence. The discussion is focused around two concrete cases involving programmes by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility.

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Evaluating Environment in International Development

January 2014

More than twenty years after the Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, both national and international actors in governmental and nongovernmental fields are still searching for insights into how sustainable development can be advanced and environmental concerns incorporated into the development agenda more effectively. Moreover, climate change has emerged as a preeminent challenge to both the environment and to development. Evaluating Environment in International Development provides international perspectives and in-depth knowledge of evaluating development and the environment and applies evaluation knowledge to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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The Importance of Negative Evidence & The Theory of No Change

September 2013

Rob D. van den Berg and Christine Woerlen presented the work of the GEF Evaluation Office and Climate-Eval on learning from the evaluation by paying attention to negative evidence and understanding why a specific intervention or policy does not work. Traditional evaluations often cannot clearly identify why something does not work.

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Challenge of Biodiversity in Farming Practices as a Research Topic

January 2012

Saving the world’s plant species has been a concern ever since botanical gardens were introduced. Agricultural biodiversity is a special concern within this broader objective of conservation. Research should focus on how farmers can incorporate biodiversity into farming practices, ensuring food security and social and economic development at the same time. International projects have shown how this can be done and what the focus needs to be.

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Building a Line of Defense against Climate Change

January 2012

Climate change threatens to undermine decades of development achievements in China’s Huang-Huai-Hai River Basin. Farmers in the 3H Basin have long been plagued by water scarcity and frequent droughts and floods.Development efforts have succeeded in relieving some of these pressures, but the effects of climate change put these achievements in jeopardy.

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