The Evaluation Framework is a key document supporting the implementation of the evaluation function in the Fund and guiding its evaluation practice. The review and revision of the Fund’s Evaluation Framework and associated tools and guideline documents is as such a core work element of the FY21-FY23 strategy and work programme of the AF-TERG.
During fiscal year 2020 (FY20) an initial gap analysis was carried out and a terms of reference for the review and revision of the Evaluation Framework was developed. The goal of this review and revision is to produce, a fit-for-purpose evaluation instrument for the Fund for discussion and subsequent approval by the Board.
A progress update on the review and revision of the Evaluation Framework (AFB/EFC.27/.7) was presented to the twenty-seventh Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) meeting in March 2021. The purpose of this document was to update the Board on progress in the inception phase of the AF-TERG-led exercise to review and revise the Fund’s Evaluation Framework, and to discuss emergent findings. The conclusion from the inception phase was as follows:
- there have been many noteworthy Fund-level and external changes suggesting it is necessary to go beyond a simple updating of the Evaluation Framework’s current form.
- after reviewing different options for the types of instruments, the inception phase found that an evaluation policy instrument might be best suited to the evaluation function of the Fund. This approach remains consistent with evaluation instruments in use by similar climate funds and multilateral agencies.
A recommendation by the EFC to the Board was taken over in Decision B.36/32;
Having considered the comments and recommendation of the EFC, the Board decided:
- To request the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of the Adaptation Fund (AF-TERG), in consultation with the Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat, to prepare a draft evaluation policy for the Adaptation Fund that would replace the current evaluation framework;
- To request the AF-TERG to submit and present to the EFC, at its twenty-eighth meeting, the draft evaluation policy for the Board’s consideration.
As part of an on-going consultation with key Adaptation Fund stakeholders, March 11, 2021, the AF-TERG facilitated its first virtual event with Implementing Entities. The discussion has generated important inputs for the work on the revision of the Fund Evaluation Framework.
The review and revision of the Evaluation Framework’s inception report provides the findings from the inception phase. During the inception phase, the team reviewed Board decisions and policies, strategies, and processes approved since the current evaluation framework was put in place. It also reviewed the evaluation profession landscape within and outside the climate change adaptation sector. The team will conduct further research during the next few months to further understand and bring to the Fund the current and latest discussions from the evaluation profession.
Initial research found the following issues or themes to be of importance to the direction of the review and development of the Fund’s instrument. These issues should inform the evaluation function and provide clarity in the relationship between the monitoring and learning functions.
The themes are as follows:
- The niche of the Adaptation Fund
- Changes in the Adaptation Fund since the current evaluation
framework was approved
- Maturing understanding of the climate change adaptation context regarding need and urgency for better and faster evidence
- Developments in the evaluation profession and operating context since the current evaluation framework was approved
- Options for a revised evaluation instrument