Evaluating transformational change: The experience of evaluating the $8 Billion Climate Investment Funds

Session Number: 2253
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: adaptation, Africa, Asia, climate change, climate finance, Energy, food security, Foundation, global, Global Environment Facility, global evaluation, Latin America, Resilience, systems change, transformation, World Bank
Session Facilitator: Neha Sharma, Consultant [Evaluation Consultant - The World Bank]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sam McPherson [Partner - Itad]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Hanna Schweitzer [Analyst - World Bank]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (02:45 PM - 03:30 PM)
Room: CC M100 H

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The concept of transformational change has attracted significant attention as a mechanism for creating the profound changes needed to address climate change.

In 2018 Itad performed an evaluation of the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) support to transformational change over the past 10 years. We assessed how CIF’s approach and four investment pillars supported efforts to stimulate change in clean technologies, energy access, sustainable forestry, and climate resilience.  We will present innovative methods and results for this ground-breaking evaluation.  We used a theory based focused on testing transformational change ‘hypotheses’ across a range of countries and programmes deploying a mixed methods data collection approach to case studies across 23 countries. 

Our findings provide insights in to both a) the impact that the $8 billion Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have had in terms of impacting on Transformation Change and b) the challenges of evaluating transformational change in highly complex systems.