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When the world is in crisis, evaluation can provide answers. New approaches and criteria to promoting climate and ecosystems health and meaningful equity.

Organized by | SAMEA ,Footprint Evaluation and Twende Mbele

Single Session
| Online
| English
About the Event
Increasingly, climate and ecological crises are gaining greater recognition across many segments of society as challenges that need to be addressed with urgency. On a near daily basis, stories of extreme weather events, melting ice caps, and the breaching of planetary tipping points circulate in news media. Governments across the globe have committed to transitioning their economies away from fossil fuels and to reduce carbon emissions. Yet the level of action required to minimise the negative consequences of biodiversity loss, pollution, and ecosystems degradation is insufficient to meet key targets. To avoid, mitigate and address these crises, decision-making must be informed by evaluations that explore the actual and likely environmental consequences of all programs, projects, policies, and strategies, and not only those deemed environmental impact studies.

How do evaluators effectively address ecosystems health and just transition in evaluations? How can evaluations be designed to support decision-making that promotes environmental sustainability and regeneration? Evaluation criteria and setting evaluation questions are key processes to support this effort.

In this session, participants will be exposed to multiple approaches for considering climate and ecosystems health and just transition in evaluations. The session will be a combination of presentation and practical engagement. Andy Rowe from Footprint Evaluation will introduce participants to the Footprint Evaluation approach and, with Tim Lubanga of the Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister, will share how it was used to frame Tim Lubanga questions and guide the analysis and recommendations of a mid-term evaluation of a national strategy for private sector development. Ian Goldman and Jennifer Norins from SAMEA (South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Association) will introduce participants to two evaluation criteria and guidelines co-developed during the 2021 evaluation hackathon on climate and ecosystems health and transformative equity and how these can be applied to evaluations, using the learnings of pilots conducted in South Africa.

Following the discussion on these two approaches, participants will be presented with group work to develop a set of evaluation questions for a case evaluation to take account of ecosystems health and just transition. By the end of the session, it is hoped that participants will have a better grasp of how to more explicitly consider environmental sustainability in and through evaluations.


Ian Goldman | Prof
Ian is an International Advisor on Evaluation and Evidence Systems, President of the International Evaluation Academy and an Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town. He worked in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa, where he established and ran the National Evaluation System to 2018 and was a founder of the Twende Mbele African M&E Partnership. Since 2018 Ian has been researching, training and consulting internationally in evidence use and evaluation systems. He works with the Global Evaluation Initiative, CLEAR Anglophone Africa, and is on the 3ie, International Evaluation Academy and South African M&E Association Boards.
Jen Norins | Ms
Jen serves as the M&E Specialist of regional programmes at MIET AFRICA, a Durban-based NGO that works in the SADC region on youth development and education projects. She is a SAMEA Board Member, coordinating the M&E for Just Transition thematic area, and facilitates the Evaluation for Just Transition COP.
Andy Rowe | Dr
A Fellow and former President of Canadian Evaluation Society Andy has over forty years in evaluation now focusing on sustainability and climate and working globally. He was an early contributor to mainstreaming sustainability in evaluation and developing methods for this. He initiated the Canadian effort to mainstream environmental sustainability, is a founding member of Footprint Evaluation, joins evaluations addressing climate and sustainability and contributes to methods and practice through publications in peer reviewed outlets, webinars, workshops and conference keynote addresses.


Ayabulela Dlakavu Dr

Topics and themes

  • M&E Use and Advocacy
  • M&E Approaches and Methods
  • Innovations in M&E
  • National Evaluation Systems
  • The Future of M&E: Culture, Context, and Collaboration

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