About Climate-Eval

What is Climate-Eval?

Climate-Eval is an online community of practice hosted by the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) in Washington, D.C. Its overarching goal is to establish standards and norms, support capacity development, and share good practices in evaluations of climate change and development and—most recently—natural resource management. Our members are a global network of monitoring and evaluation practitioners in government and development cooperation agencies, civil society organizations, and academia. Climate-Eval was formed after the 2008 International Conference on Evaluation of Climate Change and Development in Alexandria, Egypt.


How is Climate-Eval different from other Communities of Practice? 

Unlike other evaluation communities of practice, Climate-Eval has, since its inception in 2008, focused exclusively on the evaluation of climate change and development. Recognizing the overlap between climate change adaptation and natural resource management, the community in 2013 branched out to include evaluations of the latter. The community relies on its membership to develop cutting-edge knowledge to address the shared challenges of climate change and natural resource management evaluation.


Why is Climate-Eval relevant?

  • Investments in climate change interventions are growing, requiring evidence to demonstrate what does and does not work and why.
  • The overlap of climate change adaptation with established development sectors such as natural resource management, biodiversity, and disaster risk reduction creates a host of new evaluation challenges for practitioners.
  • Tools and techniques that adequately evaluate climate change are in their earliest stages of development.


What has Climate-Eval achieved?

  • Conducted three state-of-the-art studies to facilitate evaluations of climate change mitigation and adaptation; these are Meta-Evaluation of Climate Mitigation Evaluations by Christine Woerlen, Guidelines to Climate Mitigation Evaluations by Christine Woerlen, and Tracking Progress for Effective Action: A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluation Adaptation to Climate Change by Haris E. Sanahuja.
  • Published Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development edited by Juha Uitto, Jyotsana Puri, and Rob D. van den Berg in 2017 and Evaluating Climate Change and Development, edited by Rob D. van den Berg and Osvaldo Feinstein in 2009
  • Developed an electronic repository of almost 500 reports on climate change and development evaluations.
  • Organized webinars focusing on various aspects of climate change and development evaluations to share new knowledge with members of the community.
  • Established partnerships with evaluation networks from around the world in order to strengthen evaluation capacities and share good practices. Memorandums of Understanding are in place with the Community of Practice SEA Change (SEA Change) and the International Program Evaluation Network (IPEN). Climate-Eval also works in collaboration with the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).
  • Built a vibrant Linkedin discussion group was created in 2011, and now has over 2,000 members regularly sharing updates and experiences on climate change and development evaluations. 


Five reasons to join Climate-Eval

  1. Be part of a growing community of more than 1800 evaluators and practitioners
  2. Get the latest information on climate change and development evaluation
  3. Share and update your knowledge and skills with our webinars, training, and conference announcements
  4. Become known as an expert in evaluation of climate change and sustainable development initiatives
  5. Learn about exciting career opportunities