Green Urban Lighting Final Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
07/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,595

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Title Green Urban Lighting Final Evaluation
Atlas Project Number: 00074869
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Armenia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.5. Inclusive and sustainable solutions adopted to achieve increased energy efficiency and universal modern energy access (especially off-grid sources of renewable energy)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,595
Source of Funding: UNDP
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 14,990
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Jiri Zeman International Consultant CZECH REPUBLIC
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Green Urban Lighting Terminal Evaluation
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Climate Change
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4742
PIMS Number: 4669
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: ARMENIA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Lessons Learned Report to be disseminated and published on-line

  • The Project team is expected and is planning to develop and publish the Lessons Learned Report by the end of the project.
  • The Project has developed extensive expertise in energy efficient lighting, including significant technical expertise. This experience is not only country-specific but it might help also project developers when developing energy efficient lighting projects internationally.
  • The Project team is thus encouraged to include into the Lessons Learned Report also the technical experience gained during project implementation and include as appendix, or refer to the web link for download, also specific technical guides, textbooks and other deliverables developed by the Project, and to publish the Report on the www.nature-ic.am web site.
  • The Project is also encouraged to offer links to their web page and Lessons Learned Report also to other energy efficient lighting initiatives inetrnationally.
2

Certification of the light testing laboratory

  •   The Project and the municipal owned Yerevan Illumination Company CJSC are planning to have accredited the photometric testing laboratory operated by the Yerevan Illumination Company CJSC. International accreditation would increase international credibility of the testing laboratory and would allow the Yerevan Illumination Company to offer its services in photometric testing of luminaires internationally as well, and thus to maximize utilization of the laboratory equipment that was financed from the GEF budget.
  •    The UNDP Project team is encouraged to facilitate the accreditation and to support it with any remaining GEF budget resources available.

 

3

Replicate best practices in maintaining developed in-house expertise across follow-up projects and in regional cooperation in other countries of operation

  • Several UNDP country offices in the region implemented similar strategy as the UNDP CO in Armenia in maintaining the developed in-house expertise by sharing its experts across multiple follow-up similar projects implemented in different sectors. However, this practice is not yet shared by all UNDP country offices. Some of them loose their experts and expertise developed after project termination.
  • Effectiveness of regional cooperation among similar UNDP projects depends primarily on activities of UNDP CO and its project teams, and support from the UNDP RTA, as well as on similar projects being implemented in parallel in the region.
  • UNDP and its regional headquarters and RTAs are encouraged to replicate and adopt the practice of maintaining in-house expertise across all countries of their operation, and to facilitate effective regional cooperation and experience sharing where appropriate.
1. Recommendation:

Lessons Learned Report to be disseminated and published on-line

  • The Project team is expected and is planning to develop and publish the Lessons Learned Report by the end of the project.
  • The Project has developed extensive expertise in energy efficient lighting, including significant technical expertise. This experience is not only country-specific but it might help also project developers when developing energy efficient lighting projects internationally.
  • The Project team is thus encouraged to include into the Lessons Learned Report also the technical experience gained during project implementation and include as appendix, or refer to the web link for download, also specific technical guides, textbooks and other deliverables developed by the Project, and to publish the Report on the www.nature-ic.am web site.
  • The Project is also encouraged to offer links to their web page and Lessons Learned Report also to other energy efficient lighting initiatives inetrnationally.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/09] [Last Updated: 2018/10/12]

Proper planning for preparation of the Lessons Learned Report and consistent implementation in accordance with the schedule to complete the Report before the Project's closure.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Collect and summarize information and data, interview key experts, consider major findings per each of the project’s components, compile the Lessons Learned Report, circulate it respectively, amend in accordance with comments and recommendations, then finalize it and prepare for online publication.
[Added: 2018/10/10] [Last Updated: 2018/11/02]
UNDP RTA UNDP CO UNDP Project Team Key stakeholders 2018/11 Completed Lessons Learned Report produced, finalized and prepared for publication. History
2. Recommendation:

Certification of the light testing laboratory

  •   The Project and the municipal owned Yerevan Illumination Company CJSC are planning to have accredited the photometric testing laboratory operated by the Yerevan Illumination Company CJSC. International accreditation would increase international credibility of the testing laboratory and would allow the Yerevan Illumination Company to offer its services in photometric testing of luminaires internationally as well, and thus to maximize utilization of the laboratory equipment that was financed from the GEF budget.
  •    The UNDP Project team is encouraged to facilitate the accreditation and to support it with any remaining GEF budget resources available.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/10] [Last Updated: 2018/10/10]

   Provide technical assistance and consultancy support to the upgraded laboratory to enable its international accreditation both within the project’s timeline and beyond that.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Consult and provide technical assistance to Yerevan Municipality as per the issue of accreditation of its testing laboratory according to the national procedures.
[Added: 2018/10/10] [Last Updated: 2018/11/02]
UNDP Project team Yerevan Municipality 2018/11 Completed Based on UNDP programmatic approach, it was recommended to include the respective activities in the work plan of the UNDP-RTF regional project. History
2.2 Based on synergy principle in UNDP energy efficiency related projects provide all the necessary information and insights to enable the laboratory to increase its capacity
[Added: 2018/10/10] [Last Updated: 2018/11/02]
UNDP CO UNDP Project Team 2018/11 Completed All the relevant materials and information provided to the UNDP-RTF regional project to continue the testing and certification laboratory capacity building activities. History
3. Recommendation:

Replicate best practices in maintaining developed in-house expertise across follow-up projects and in regional cooperation in other countries of operation

  • Several UNDP country offices in the region implemented similar strategy as the UNDP CO in Armenia in maintaining the developed in-house expertise by sharing its experts across multiple follow-up similar projects implemented in different sectors. However, this practice is not yet shared by all UNDP country offices. Some of them loose their experts and expertise developed after project termination.
  • Effectiveness of regional cooperation among similar UNDP projects depends primarily on activities of UNDP CO and its project teams, and support from the UNDP RTA, as well as on similar projects being implemented in parallel in the region.
  • UNDP and its regional headquarters and RTAs are encouraged to replicate and adopt the practice of maintaining in-house expertise across all countries of their operation, and to facilitate effective regional cooperation and experience sharing where appropriate.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/10]

Based on Lessons Learned Report findings and on synergy principle in UNDP project implementation routine, use online dissemination tools for utmost availability of the key achievements and recommendations.    

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 The Lessons Learned report and the links to the project resources available on the web-site will be shared with relevant country teams and respective online platforms.
[Added: 2018/10/10] [Last Updated: 2018/11/02]
UNDP Regional Hub UNDP-GEF RTA UNDP CO UNDP Project Team 2018/11 Completed Lessons Learned Report’s final version is prepared and highly appreciated by with Regional Technical Adviser, especially for the needs of other GEF-funded projects in the broader region. History

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