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We collect knowledge-rich blogs from evaluators and persons both within and without our community. These blogs offer writers the opportunity to narrate in less formal writing styles their personal evaluation experiences, capture evaluation findings in easy-to-understand ways while engaging the community with other relevant knowledge.

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Are We Bigger Yet? A Behavioral Approach to Assessing Scaling-Up

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

As program designers and implementers, how do we make sure our intervention will scale up? As program evaluators, how do we know if something is going to scale up? In 2018, we at the GEF IEO decided to find out by looking at completed projects that reported both successful and less successful scaling outcomes.

UNDP Evaluation to support the “leaving no one behind” agenda: insights from the UNDP NEC Conference 2019

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By: Serdar Bayryyev, Senior Evaluation Officer, FAO Office of Evaluation (OED)
On: Thursday, Nov 07, 2019

This blog was originally published on the Evalforward website by Serdar Bayryyev (Senior Evaluation Officer) and Renata Mirulla (...

Want to scale up? Change-proof your program! Lessons from the GEF (PART 2)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Friday, Sep 13, 2019

When we at the GEF IEO looked at how impact was scaled up in GEF-supported interventions, many of the interviewees used terms such as “magic moment”, “luck” or “perfect storm” when referring to how scaling-up happened “spontaneously” through serendipitous circumstances, even when the project itself had no concrete plans for scaling-up. On the other hand, we also know how seemingly successful programs can quickly fall apart under political and economic changes.

Want to scale up? Change-proof your program! Lessons from the GEF (PART 1)

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By: Jeneen Reyes Garcia, Evaluation Officer, GEF Independent Evaluation Office
On: Thursday, Sep 05, 2019

Change is the only constant, we all learn sooner or later. But what to do when political and economic changes threaten the success of your carefully-implemented program?

In 2018, we at the GEF IEO examined how impact is scaled up across different types of environmental interventions funded by the GEF. We looked at 20 cases in-depth, supported by evidence from an additional 40 cases, to assess which factors mattered the...

What is Safe Monitoring and Evaluation Practice in the 21st Century?

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By: Stephen Porter, Director: Learning, Effectivenesss and Accoutability Department, Oxfam
On: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

Monitoring and evaluation practice can do harm. It can harm:

the environment by prioritizing economic gain over species that have no voice
people who are invisible to us when we are in a position of power
by asking for information that can then be misused.

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