HMG Climate Change Compass

2015-2019; Multi-Country; DFID

The International Climate Fund (ICF) is the primary channel of UK climate change finance. It currently funds over 230 programmes focussed on adaptation, mitigation and forestry in low- and middle-income countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This funding represents a contribution towards developed countries’ agreement to mobilise $100 billion per annum of public and private finance by 2020 as part of the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Three government departments contribute to the ICF: The Department for International Development (DFID), the Department for Business, Energy, and Industry Strategy (BEIS), and the Department of Rural Affairs, the Environment and Forestry (Defra).

Climate change creates new challenges and warrants more agile approaches to development and environmental problems. The size and geographic spread of the ICF provides a wealth of evidence and knowledge about how climate investments can encourage mitigation, increase people’s resilience to climate shocks, and protect the world’s forestry resources. Climate Change Compass is set up to generate this, helping HMG to access the best evidence to guide strategy, direct resources and successfully navigate the complexities of climate change.

Itad is a core partner in a consortium led by IMC Worldwide delivering multi-year, multi-country support to the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes for the ICF. This complex undertaking is designed around three components:

  1. Indicators: Complete development and testing of a set of robust key performance indicators.
  2. Macro-evaluation: Analysis and synthesis of complex and varied programme level evaluation evidence and other forms of evidence based on the ICF Fund-level Theory of Change.
  3. Learning and Communication: Gathering, sharing and dissemination of results, evidence, knowledge and lessons from across the ICF portfolio.

Brought together, the three streams will be used to inform decision making in a number of HMG climate and environment investments, international development policies, and programmes.

Providing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) expertise, Itad plays a key role in this complex, multi-sector assignment by synthesising evidence from the ICF and its 230+ programmes and translating this into practical knowledge and learning. Our work is organised into the three closely integrated streams:

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Working with new and revised KPIs to improve and increase the reporting of results data from across the ICF Portfolio;
  • Evaluation: Using a realist approach to analyse complex and varied evaluative evidence around key learning questions that will be identified using participatory approaches and based on nested theories of change;
  • Learning and Engagement: Enabling ICF stakeholders to identify key learning questions around current and emerging policy and programming issues and supporting and sharing knowledge creation in ways that resonate across ICF and climate finance audiences. It is expected that the evaluation team will work closely with the Learning Team to ensure appropriate and credible methods are used to gather and analyse knowledge.

This project was previously known as ‘Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning from the International Climate Fund’

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For more information please contact:

Ben Murphy
T: +44 (0) 1273 765250