Wednesday March 15th, 2017
Workshop discusses the importance of evaluating the impact of interventions on climate change
Between March 7 and 9, the workshop “Designing, Managing & Undertaking Impact Evaluations for Climate Change Interventions” took place in Rio de Janeiro. The objective of this event was the expansion of the use of impact evaluation techniques in projects developed by non-profit organizations in Brazil, focusing on climate change.
The meeting was conceived by CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation), one of the organizations that support iCS, and led by 3iE (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation), an organization that makes grants and provides consultancy and training on impact evaluation. In addition to offering all logistical support for the event, Clima e Sociedade was able to invite some of its grantees to participate in this important training opportunity.
The first two days of the workshop were dedicated to the development of skills, with presentations of content relating to the main concepts of evaluation, interspersed with brief group work. On the third and last day, the focus shifted to team activities, which originated proposals on how to apply the tools that had been learned in the evaluation of the impact of interventions relating to electricity generation, climate change communications, active mobility, public transportation and reforestation.
“What I found most remarkable in this workshop was the enthusiasm of the group. Not only was there a lot of interest in learning, but participants were also actively involved in the tasks and remained active all through the workshop. As coaches, we rely heavily on our interactions with the audience, and Ben and I feel energized having working with these individuals,” said Netta Goel, Senior Evaluation Specialist at 3iE and one of the workshop facilitators alongside Benjamin Wood, also from 3iE.
In all, 34 people attended the workshop, in addition to the two instructors and Catherine Harbor, CIFF”s Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation Manager. The satisfaction survey conducted after the workshop demonstrated the participants’ response:
“Clima e Sociedade is very grateful to CIFF, one of our funders, for having taken the initiative to offer this workshop in Rio de Janeiro. It was a unique opportunity for iCS and its grantees to become better acquainted with the impact evaluation methodology and to reflect on the importance of reliable quantitative data to assess the impact of socio-environmental interventions. It was also the first time that iCS brought together donors from different portfolios, and the interaction between them was very positive. The iCS intends to hold another training event in the second semester, dealing with a theme yet to be defined”, concluded Luiza de Mello e Souza, the iCS Institutional Relations Manager.
iCS grantees in attendance:
Bike Anjo; Casa Fluminense; CBC – Centro Brasil no Clima; Corrida Amiga; IDEC – Instituto de Defesa do Consumidor; IEI Brasil – International Energy Initiative; IEMA – Instituto de Energia e Meio Ambiente; InfoClima; Instituto Escolhas; ITDP – Instituto de Políticas de Transporte e Desenvolvimento; LabMob – Laboratório de Mobilidade Sustentável / UFRJ; Observatório do Clima; WRI Brasil – World Resources Institute
Other institutions in attendance:
BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social
CPI-RIO – Climate Policy Initiative