Terminal evaluation - 5th Operational Phase of the Small Grants Programme (GEF) ( CPD Output 3.2)

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, India
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2018
Completion Date:
04/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Terminal evaluation - 5th Operational Phase of the Small Grants Programme (GEF) ( CPD Output 3.2)
Atlas Project Number: 00060871
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, India
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2018
Planned End Date: 07/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Target
  • 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • 15.4 By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development
  • 15.6 Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 25,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Roland Wong Lead Consultant rolandwong@shaw.ca
Arun Joshi National Consultant INDIA
Haridas Caritas National Consultant INDIA
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Fifth Operational Phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme in India
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Biodiversity
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 4383
PIMS Number: 4515
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: INDIA
Comments:

The Project is extended till May 2018. The Terminal evaluation is udnerway and expcted to be completed by Jun'18.

Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Need of improved M&E systems with a clear logical framework matrix with SMART indicators and measurable targets which should be developed with technical assistance of GEF project designers who are familiar with Theory of Change that more strongly linked baselines with project outputs, direct outcomes, intermediate states and long-term impacts

Allocate sufficient funds to support IP for its own capacity building and logistical support for M&E.

2

Implementing agency need to have access to a regional technical expert who should be consulted whenever required. Given the diversity of expertise required to manage projects related to CC, BD and LD, a regional technical expert and one of these themes should be used to provide oversight management and expert consulting whenever required.

3

Future SGP projects should focus on project selections using a clustered and landscaped approach.

4

Use the small amount of OP6 GEF funds remaining during 2018 to support preparations for a SGP7 Project that could realistically commence in early 2019

1. Recommendation:

Need of improved M&E systems with a clear logical framework matrix with SMART indicators and measurable targets which should be developed with technical assistance of GEF project designers who are familiar with Theory of Change that more strongly linked baselines with project outputs, direct outcomes, intermediate states and long-term impacts

Allocate sufficient funds to support IP for its own capacity building and logistical support for M&E.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08] [Last Updated: 2018/10/08]

1. SGP OP5 had followed the indicators designed during the OP5 project inception. 

2. As TE evaluation recommended, specific thematic areas based SMART indicators will be designed for the OP7 SGP.

3. Each project wise result will be updated in the MIS periodically by the PMU

4. Sufficient fund may be allocated for capacity building on M&E

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. Update the results, reports, photographs, KM materials of the recently approved projects in the SGP intranet.
[Added: 2018/10/08]
CEE 2018/06 Completed
1.2. Design and identify thematic area focused and SMART indicators for OP7 PIF
[Added: 2018/10/08]
UNDP CO and CEE 2018/09 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Implementing agency need to have access to a regional technical expert who should be consulted whenever required. Given the diversity of expertise required to manage projects related to CC, BD and LD, a regional technical expert and one of these themes should be used to provide oversight management and expert consulting whenever required.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

Technical experts at regional level will be identified for the OP7 implementation

The OP7 will ensure continuous involvement of Regional Committee members (team of experts from Government R&D Institutes, Universities, CSOs etc) in M&E and for  providing technical handholding support to the NGO partners

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Identification of thematic expert/s, new Regional Committee members based on the Operational Phase 7 (OP7) focal areas and landscapes
[Added: 2018/10/08] [Last Updated: 2021/01/20]
Centre for Energy & Environment and UNDP CO 2020/12 Completed Thematic experts identified based on OP7 focus areas and landscapes History
3. Recommendation:

Future SGP projects should focus on project selections using a clustered and landscaped approach.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08]

As recommended by the evaluators, a clustered and landscape based approach will be followed in OP7 SGP

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Identification of focused landscapes for OP7 SGP
[Added: 2018/10/08]
CEE and UNDP CO 2018/08 Completed
3.2 Submission of OP7 PIF with the details of the landscapes
[Added: 2018/10/08]
CEE, UNDP CO and MoEF&CC 2018/09 Completed
3.3 Finalization of clusters by identifying aspirational/backward districts for project implementation
[Added: 2018/10/08] [Last Updated: 2019/02/04]
CEE, UNDP CO and MoEF&CC 2019/01 Completed The project concept has considered inclusion of the most backwards districts. The final list of districts will be enumerated in the project document to be developed later this year. History
4. Recommendation:

Use the small amount of OP6 GEF funds remaining during 2018 to support preparations for a SGP7 Project that could realistically commence in early 2019

Management Response: [Added: 2018/10/08] [Last Updated: 2018/10/08]

All funds from OP5 are completely exhausted. No funds were released to UNDP under OP 6 as the project did not take place.

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