Results-based management

Overview

GCF uses a results-based management (RBM) approach to continuously monitor the performance of its projects/programmes and portfolio. RBM is a management strategy that uses monitoring data and evaluations to assess and improve performance and the achievement of desired results. This approach supports the GCF’s need to assess whether its projects/programmes are on or off track to deliver expected results and to understand why results are (or are not) occurring and, in turn, how the design and performance of current and future projects/programmes can be strengthened.

All GCF Board decisions and policies on results, monitoring and evaluation can be found in the GCF policies webpage, with this page providing further guidance on all operational matters. 

The initial results management framework (RMF) and mitigation and adaptation performance measurement frameworks (PMFs) were the tools the GCF applied to monitor, assess and analyse the results for its projects/programmes approved up to the thirty-first meeting of the GCF Board (March 2022).

Taking the lessons from implementation of the RMF and PMFs, integrated results management framework (IRMF) – GCF’s revised and updated results framework integrates the RMF/PMFs and ensures better alignment with other GCF policies and tools including the Investment Framework (IF). The IRMF was approved at the twenty-ninth meeting (B.29) of the GCF Board (decision B.29/01) to replace the RMF/PMFs and will apply to:

  • Projects/programmes submitted to the Board beginning with and going forward from the thirty-second meeting of the Board (B.32); and
  • All existing funding proposals in the pipeline, including resubmissions for Board consideration at or after B.32.

IRMF for projects starting at B.32

Adopted by the GCF Board at its 29th meeting (decision B.29/01), the integrated results management framework (IRMF) establishes a well-structured results architecture through which the performance, progress, and results of individual GCF projects/programmes – and the whole GCF portfolio – can be assessed, understood, and strengthened.

The IRMF also provides clear definitions and measurement methodologies for GCF’s priority indicators and monitoring and assessment processes, thereby ensuring that GCF projects/programmes apply the same approach and generate consistent, robust data that can be aggregated and compared across the entire GCF portfolio. Crucially, all these measures will allow the GCF to track the Fund’s contributions to the goals put forward by the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement.

The following documents, templates and multimedia resources provide in-depth information and guidance on the IRMF application for GCF stakeholders.

 

Draft results handbook

19 May 2022

Targeting accredited entities and executing entities as its primary audiences, the GCF’s results handbook aims to provide practical guidance on how to apply the IRMF for GCF-funded projects/programmes through funding proposal development, planning, monitoring, and reporting activities, as well as interim and final evaluations. The handbook defines each IRMF indicator and its measurement approaches with tools and reporting formats where applicable.

Readiness support to DAEs for IRMF implementation

As per the Board decision B.29/01, the Secretariat developed a guidance note and templates for a new funding window dedicated to Direct Access Entities (DAEs) for their implementation of GCF’s integrated results management framework (IRMF). Accredited DAEs are encouraged to refer to the guidance note and use these templates in submitting proposals to access this new funding.

Webinars

 
 
GCF IRMF webinar series for AEs: revised FP template and GCF support to DAEs for IRMF implementation

25 Jan 2022

The Integrated Results Management Framework (IRMF) webinar series for Accredited Entities (AEs) intends to disseminate information about the updated version of the funding proposal template which reflects the requirements of the newly adopted IRMF (B.29/01), as well as about the new GCF funding support to Direct Access Entities (DAEs) for IRMF implementation.   The series of webinars will consist of two parts, the first part focusing on the updated Funding Proposal (FP) template and the second part on the new funding window for DAEs.

Introductory Webinar on the draft GCF Results Handbook

02 Mar 2022

As per the Board decision on the Integrated Results Management Framework (IRMF), the Secretariat is launching a consultation on the draft Results Handbook to gather comments and feedback on the draft from National Designated Authorities and focal points. The Results Handbook aims to provide practical guidance on how to apply the IRMF for GCF-funded projects/programmes through funding proposal development, planning, monitoring, and reporting activities, as well as interim and final evaluations.

Initial RMF/PMFs for projects approved before/at B.31

Adopted by the GCF Board through decisions B.07/04 and B.08/07, the initial results management framework (RMF) and mitigation and adaptation performance measurement frameworks (PMFs) established the basis of GCF’s mitigation and adaptation logic models and eight result areas of the Fund consisting of four relating to mitigation and four relating to adaptation. All GCF projects/programmes approved up to the thirty-first meeting of the GCF Board (B.31) are being implemented or will be implemented under the umbrella of the initial RMF/PMFs.

The following documents and templates provide information on the application of the initial RMF/PMFs for GCF-funded projects/programmes approved before or at B.31.

The practical guidance on how to apply PMFs indicators is available in Annex IV of the Programming Manual.

 

GCF Programming Manual: An introduction to the Green Climate Fund project cycle and project development tools for full-size projects

06 Jul 2020

The GCF Programming Manual provides an overview of the GCF project/programme approval process.

Performance measurement framework for REDD+

The Performance Measurement Framework for REDD+ Results-based Payment was adopted by the GCF Board at its eighth meeting (B.08). It provides a results framework for projects/programmes funded under the REDD-plus results-based payments pilot in line with the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ and other REDD+ decisions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The pilot programmes runs from 2017 - 2022.