Are you considering social and environmental criteria in your evaluations?
Dear EvalForward evaluators,
I believe we are all aware of the fact that development activities may have unanticipated environmental and social effects and of the interactions between social and environmental factors. Major agencies and the UN in particular are considering how to integrate environmental and social impacts in their evaluations, and how to ensure they are included when the ToRs does not mention them. These can be:
- Environmental impacts: Climate change, droughts, flooding or footprints of projects, environmental risks and hazards.
- Social impacts: Disability, indigenous people, vulnerability, poverty, resilience-building, inclusion, and social cohesion.
For example, in its efforts to promote the New Way of Working under the so called “Nexus approach”, the UN Country Team in South Sudan paid greatest attention to evaluation of both environmental and social factors of its core contribution to country beneficiaries. This included: stronger support to mitigate flooding and droughts; enhancing household food production and strengthening capacities to absorb and adapt to shocks; the fight against gender-based violence; delivering cost-effective, high-impact essential health services to the most vulnerable targets that have experienced the strongest effects of conflict in the country and assisting in assessing and monitoring the accessibility of health services and service readiness; assisting with the recovery of economy through a comprehensive approach to rebuilding trust and re-establishing access to basic services; restoring productive capacities and nurturing effective partnerships; support the safe, voluntary and dignified return of displaced people to allow them to rebuild their lives and return to productive activities (2019-2021 UNCF core contribution in South Sudan).
- Are you considering such aspects in your evaluations?
- What are the challenges you have in doing so and how do you think we should address them as a community?
I hope to hear your experiences and ideas!