IKI evaluation results published

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) has published the results of the second IKI evaluation cycle.


Appointed external evaluators conducted  around 190 IKI project evaluations as part of the second IKI evaluation cycle (2017–2022). These project evaluations are supplemented by a set of summary reviews (cluster analysis) as well as two strategic evaluations. The pair of strategic evaluations focuses on the topics of ‘Ecosystem-based adaptation’ and ‘Forest and landscape restoration’.

The ministries responsible for the IKI have also responded to the results and recommendations for action from the second IKI evaluation cycle in a statement (IKI Management Response).

Results: achievements and challenges

In comparison with the project evaluations  from the first IKI evaluation cycle, a slight improvement in the assessment of all criteria investigated can be identified. This overall result reflects the progress made towards greater impact and sustainability within the IKI. The criteria investigated assess the following aspects: 

  • Relevance 
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency 
  • Impact 
  • Sustainability 
  • Coherence, complementarity and coordination 
  • Planning and management 


The summary reviews from the project evaluations analyse the results by funding areas and implementing organisations, while taking a more detailed look at the topic of sustainability.
The evaluation reports for the individual projects are published on the respective IKI project pages. These can be accessed by using the IKI Project Database.

The strategic evaluations confirm the impact of the IKI in providing support to institutional frameworks for forest and landscape restoration in El Salvador, as well as the catalytic impact of its ecosystem-based adaptation projects.

The various analyses also highlight potential areas for improvement. The IKI has taken the resulting recommendations for action on board and will seek to prioritise these areas in its work going forward. 

The IKI Management Response to the evaluation results addresses the following recommendations for actions, among others: 

  • Relevance and impact on target groups and participation 
  • Stringent results chain and SMART indicators 
  • Strategies for risk mitigation and exit strategies 


Drawing strategic lessons from evaluations

Evaluations aim to provide a targeted analysis of the IKI’s immense wealth of knowledge. Accordingly, they provide evidence-based support for best practice approaches while expanding knowledge of certain barriers or misconceptions in project work.

The recommendations for action will be incorporated in the IKI’s continued work. The IKI will also review to determine the extent to which these recommendations can guide the strategic orientation of thematic and country calls, as well as the preparation and implementation of IKI projects.

The aim is to structure the IKI to achieve even greater impact and sustainability. Evaluations are important tools for accountability, project management and steering, and learning processes within the IKI, while supporting its continued strategic development.

Independence and transparency

The external implementation of all evaluations from the second IKI evaluation cycle represents an effort to maximise independence in the assessment of IKI projects. Due diligence was conducted to ensure that the evaluators had not been involved in the planning or implementation of the projects being evaluated. 

As a funding programme supported by the German Government, the IKI’s publication of its evaluation results ensures transparent reporting for both the Bundestag and the general public. Publication also ensures lessons learned are shared with project planners as well as implementing organisations.

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Reports on the second IKI Evaluation Cycle

Management Response

Cluster analysis

Executive Summary Forest and Landscape Restoration 

Executive Summary Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) 

The reports of the project evaluations can be found in the IKI Media Library.