Bonn, 30 September 2022 – The evaluation report titled ‘Transformative Change in Tropical Forest Landscape Initiatives’ won the 2022 IDEAS Evaluation for Transformational Change Award, under the category ‘evaluation in support of transformation’. The Award was supported by IOE, the Independent Evaluation Group-World Bank and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), and was assigned by an external panel of international evaluation specialists.

The IDEAS Award recognizes the growing understanding of the need to transform our societies, our economies, and our relationship with nature to be able to achieve the aspirations expressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. To this end, the competition aims to enhance awareness and understanding among different stakeholder groups of the value of evaluation in generating knowledge for learning and accountability in a domain of great importance and urgency.

The winning evaluation report explores the transformative change within a specific donor programme (P4F), providing a pragmatic framework to support learning to inform adaptive management through a series of learning loops. The report delves into how transformative change (i.e. change that is systemic in nature) is anticipated to occur due to programme interventions and draws on evaluative learning study findings (2019 to 2021) using a Transformative Change Framework. It explores what transformative change is and how to assess it, providing a methodology and empirical insights.

Fabrizio Felloni, Deputy Director of the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), served as a panellist during the special event organized to confer the Award. Prior to that, he attended the deliberations of the 2022 IDEAS Conference and Global Assembly, organized under the theme ‘Power of Evaluation for decision-making in a transforming world’. The event was held in hybrid modality with selected delegates meeting in Bonn, Germany, and other participants attending online, from 27 to 29 September 2022. Conference themes included: ‘power of evaluation in a transforming world’; ‘partnerships for sustainable development’; ‘the future of evaluation: a perspective from young and emerging evaluators’; ‘evaluation within national ecosystem’; and ‘gender and equity responsive evaluation for better evidence and better policies’. The event was organized in partnership with the German Institute for Development Evaluation.

The International Development Evaluation Association was inaugurated in September 2002. IDEAS is the only global professional evaluation association which focuses on international sustainable development.  It is deeply involved in strengthening and promoting the profession, fostering capacity development, and improving and advancing evaluation theories and practice, methods and use of evidence.

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