Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Editors: Uitto, Juha Ilari, Puri, Jyotsna, van den Berg, Rob D. (Eds.)
The article Evaluating Carbon Sequestration by Geeta Batra and Juha I Uitto discusses how projects underway to restore deforestation and land degradation are difficult in quanitifying success, calling for a new multidisciplinary analytical approach.
The article by Juha Uitto in the Global Policy in 2016 focuses on approaches to evaluate the nexus between environment and poverty in international development where issues of environmental conservation and management meet the social and economic development needs. Based on a review of evaluation literature and practical evaluation experience, the article draws lessons for evaluating sustainable development and suggests implications for evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The article Experiences with Systematic Triangulation at the Global Environment Facility by Carlo Carugi discusses ways systematic triangulation can be used when facing common challenges in evaluation, such as the scarcity or unreliability of data, or the complexities of comparing and cross-checking evidence from diverse disciplines. The article provides a self-assessment of how effective the GEF Independent Evaluation Office’s systematic triangulation has been in identifying key findings in its country-level evaluations.
Geeta Batra prepared a paper on evaluation approaches adopted by the GEF IEO to measure the impacts of GEF interventions in focal areas that are related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include the measurement of environmental benefits across focal areas and broad socio-economic co-benefits. Some of these approaches include mixed methods and complexity theory, incorporating assessments of quality assurance and safeguard mechanisms, mainstreaming methodologies for evaluating partnerships, private sector and civil society engagement, and establishing partnerships in evaluation.
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.
MDGs to SDGs: Evaluating Global Environmental Benefits discuss the opportunities evaluation communities have to contribute to the SDGs.
Beyond Outputs: Pathways to Symmetrical Evaluations of University Sustainable Development Partnerships
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.
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”.
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.”