What we do

The Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Adaptation Fund (AF-TERG) is an independent evaluation advisory group, accountable to the Board, established to ensure the independent implementation of the Fund’s evaluation framework.

Specifically, the AF-TERG provides:

  1. Evaluation Function: Independently commission the evaluation of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the Fund through its overall operation, including its supported projects and programs as well as implementing entities and report to the Board on lessons, findings, conclusions, and recommendations from relevant evaluation reports;
  2. Advisory Function: Set minimum evaluation standards within the Fund in order to ensure improved and consistent measurement of results;
  3. Oversight Function: Provide quality control of the minimum evaluation requirements and their practice in the Fund and track implementation of Board decisions related to evaluation recommendations. This includes providing advice to the Board in its efforts to incorporate findings and recommendations of evaluations into policies, strategies and procedures.

The AF-TERG will prepare multi-year work programs and budget, and – where relevant – the content of these multi-year work programs will be linked to the strategies of the Fund, such as the medium-term strategy. In March 2020 the first multi-year work program will be presented to the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) for consideration and for recommendation for approval by the Board. The AF-TERG will then design, commission and oversee the independent studies and evaluations that make up the work program, with administrative support from the AF-TERG Secretariat.

As part of its advisory role the AF-TERG may also develop guidance notes, recommendation papers or any relevant document for consideration by the Board.

More information on the AF-TERG can be found in the group’s terms of reference (which is annexed in the linked EFC document).


Ongoing work

Three studies have been commissioned in October 2019, feeding into the developing multi-year work program.

  1. Evaluability assessment: This study is  assessing the evaluability of Adaptation Fund approved proposals and more precisely their performance and impact evaluability using different criteria and best practices in the field.
  2. Ex-post evaluation study: A mapping of ex-post practices in the evaluation field will inform the development of a Fund specific approach to conduct ex-post evaluations, three to five years after project closure and focusing both on the human and natural systems.
  3. Innovative monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for adaptation study: The aim is to identify and assess innovative MEL practices in the climate adaptation space, using a rapid scan, search and appraise method, with the final step analyzing opportunities for using these MEL innovations in the Adaptation Fund environment.

Other work will be informing the developing work program, including consultations with the AFB Secretariat, Board, Board Committees, (N)IE key stakeholders and civil society, among others.


Our completed evaluative work will be posted on the AF-TERG publications page and outreach will take place through the AF-TERG social media channels.