Our projects

 

  • Efficiency Lab: Markus Palenberg is one of three experts in a learning event on efficiency and value for money, taking place in The Hague, Netherlands, on November 23, 2017. Click here for  event information and registration and here for a comprehensive guide on tools and methods for assessing the efficiency of aid interventions.
  • Evaluation of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a USD 1.5 billion global program, to be conducted between July 2017 and March 2018. As method’s lead, Markus Palenberg develops and coordinates the theory-based evaluation approach.
  • Evaluation of Results-Based Management (RBM) at Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), covering all intervention domains from 2008 to today. Markus Palenberg led the evaluation of RBM in SDC’s contributions to multilateral organizations and global programs, and of SDC’s quality assurance function. The final report is expected October 2017.
  • Markus Palenberg led the Evaluation of Capacity Development in the CGIAR, a global agricultural research program with a USD 1 billion annual funding envelope. Click here for more information on this evaluation. The final report is expected end of 2017.
  • Markus Palenberg developed a multi-year M&E program for the International Climate Initiative on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The M&E program is now being implemented and includes an independent evaluation function and, among other, several comprehensive mixed-method evaluations of environmental impacts.
  • Markus Palenberg was peer reviewer in the ongoing evaluation of the German program on development partnerships with the private sector. Click here for more information on the program and here for information on the evaluation. The final report is expected end of 2016.
  • Together with Arne Paulson, Markus Palenberg edits an INTEVAL book on the demand for and use of results information in public programs. Click here to download a flyer about earlier books in the this series.
  • Evaluation of Finland’s Development Policy Programmes from a Results-Based Management Point of View from 2003 to 2013 for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. IfDS manager Markus Palenberg co-led an evaluation team composed of IfDS member Diane Bombart and members of the Finnish consulting group Indufor. Download the report here.
  • Evaluation of the CGIAR Research Program “Forests, Trees and Agroforestry”. This evaluation represents both the first evaluation undertaken by the newly created Independent Evaluation Arrangement of the CGIAR and the first evaluation of a CGIAR Research Program (CRP). This evaluation was led by Markus Palenberg and supported by IfDS fellow Andrea Deisenrieder. Find all documents related to this evaluation here.
  • Global program review of the World Bank Group’s partnership with the Global Environment Facility, covering nominal commitments of USD 4 billion over a period of 22 years. IfDS members Markus Palenberg and Diane Bombart conducted this review in collaboration with IEG. Download the report here.
  • Research project ‘Tools and Methods for Evaluating the Efficiency of Development Interventions’ for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Download the final report here or at www.aidefficiency.org.
  • Ongoing assistance to the HarvestPlus Challenge Program for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This includes amongst others managing the development of the Phase 3 Strategic Plan (2013-2018) and developing the global partnership policy. Go to the HarvestPlus website here.
  • Evaluation of the regional program ‘Water Governance in the MENA region’ for Capacity Building International (InWEnt). Download the final evaluation report here.
  • Assistance to the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) in building a global governance and service structure. Most recently IfDS supported the development of the new Affiliation Management Strategy, as adopted by the GDLN Global Board in September 2012. Go to the GDLN web page here.
  • As part of the technical advisory committee, ongoing assistance in developing guidance and tools for evaluating global and regional partnership programs for the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). Download the IEG/OECD DAC Sourcebook here. Download the GRPP guidelines here.
  • Evaluation of the ‘Development Partnership Program’ of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). This project was implemented through GPPi. Download the summary report in English. Go to ADA’s download website (full report and 6 case studies in English/German).
  • Benchmarking study on international PPDP programs for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This project was implemented through GPPi. Download the research paper.
  • Evaluation of the global partnership program ‘Understanding Children’s Work’ (UCW), for the International Labour Organization (ILO), Unicef and the World Bank. This project has been implemented through GPPi. The final report has not been made public.
  • International Learning Forum ‘Engaging Business in Development: Reviewing Best Practices – Exploring the Potential for Donor Collaboration’. This project was implemented through GPPi. Download the conference proceedings.
  • Evaluation of the global partnership program ‘Challenge Program for Water and Food’ for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Download the report here. Download the report annex here. Go to CGIAR’s website for more information.
  • Evaluation of the global partnership program ‘HarvestPlus Challenge Program’ for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Download the report here. Download the report annex here. Go to CGIAR’s website for more information.
  • Evaluation of the global partnership program ‘Generation Challenge Program’ for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Download the report here. Download the report annex here. Go to CGIAR’s website for more information.
  • Evaluation of the ‘Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’ for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This project was implemented through GPPi. The evaluation report has not been made public. Download the research paper ‘Trends in non-financial reporting’.

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