Evaluierbarkeitsstudie Klima - ES Klima_BMK



Contract partner: Arepo GmbH Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 14.000,00 Project start: 01.09.2023 End: 30.09.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal


2022-2024 and to assess their readiness to be evaluated. As such, the EA is expected to inform and strengthen the quality of a subsequent evaluation by pointing at existing weaknesses and adaptations needed to make Austria’s contribution to Climate Action through bilateral development finance and other financial instruments evaluable. In addition, in view of the ambition to potentially evaluate impact in future, specific components (or pathways of change) of Austria’s contribution to Climate Action through bilateral development finance and other financial instruments will be identified, which are suitable and lend themselves for an impact evaluation. This will be undertaken based on an analysis of the data situation, contextual circumstances, and strategic interests of the stakeholders.

 


Expected results


The main objectives of the EA are to:


1. Assess the evaluability of Austria’s bilateral development finance contribution to Climate Action as set out in the CFS and other strategic documents (3YP and OeEB Strategy 2019 -2023 ) in terms of the four facets of evaluability, namely (i) the quality of the design (as for instance ex-pressed in a theory of change, ToC, if available), (ii) the availability of data, (iii) stakeholders interests and demands, and (iv) the institutional and contextual circumstances for conducting an evaluation.

2. Based on the assessment, identify the necessary requirements and adaptations needed to en-sure the evaluability of the CFS, as well as the entities responsible to implement them. Possible adaptations could for instance involve the establishment of a baseline, the regular collection of monitoring data, or the clarification of assumed causal links between different result levels (outputs, outcomes and impact).

3. If possible, identify indicators and/or pathways for a meaningful evaluation based on outcome indicators.

4. Identify 2-4 components (or pathways of change) as potential objects for a future impact eval-uation and put forward different methodological designs for evaluating impact along each of the identified pathways of change including respective cost estimations and identify necessary adaptations and responsible entities.

5. Document lessons learned from the application of the Guidance Document and derive recommendations for further improvement.

 


Target group / Beneficiaries


The primary users of the Evaluability Assessment will be the following Austrian contributors to International Climate Finance, namely the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (MCA), the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (MFA), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Development Bank of Austria (OeEB) as well as other users, including the Working Group for international Climate Finance (AGIK). In total, this encompasses around 5 institutions and around 45 individuals.

 


Activities


- Kick-off meeting

- Study/desk review of relevant documents and sources of data

- Preliminary interviews with selected key informants

- Preliminary interviews and screening of data available in Vienna

- Drafting of inception report (IR)

- Incorporation of comments into draft IR

- Presentation of draft inception report

- Interviews, document- and data screening from off-site and in Vienna

- Analysis and report writing

- Incorporation of comments into draft

- Presentation of final report and refinement of recommendations

- Elaboration of lessons learned paper on Guidance Document

 


Context


Several actors and Ministries are involved in Austria’s climate finance, which is specified in the Austrian Climate Finance Strategy 2013-2020 and its revision 2017. Given the multiplicity of actors involved and the complexity of the climate finance portfolio at hand, it was decided to commission an evaluability assessment (EA) as a first step towards a possible later evaluation and/or impact evaluation.

The EA will be carried out in line with the provisions for evaluability assessments set out in the Guidelines for Evaluability Assessments in Austrian development cooperation (2022). As such, the EA will analyse Austria’s bilateral development finance contribution to climate action along four facets of evaluability, namely (i) the quality of the design (as for instance expressed in a theory of change, ToC, if available), (ii) the availability of data, (iii) stakeholders interests and demands, and (iv) the institutional and contextual circumstances for conducting an evaluation.


As part of the assignment and based on the findings of the EA, recommendations will be developed for necessary adaptations to ensure evaluability. Furthermore, to pave the way for a possible future impact evaluation, 2-4 components (or pathways of change) will be identified as potential future evaluation objects.

The total costs of the evaluability assessment are 65.994,31 EUR. It is being financed through three donors:

Contribution by ADA: 37.994,31 EUR;

Contribution by BMK: 14.000 EUR

Contribution by OeEB: 14.000 EUR

project number 2836-01/2023
source of funding
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied
modality Other technical assistance
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Climate change adaptation: 2, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.