Midterm evaluation for street lighting

EXPERTISE : /Evaluation
SECTOR : , Public


PNUD/UNDP Slovakia

Project description

The UNDP/ Global Environment Facility (GEF) project to improve energy efficiency in public lighting systems in Slovakia began in December 2005. The objective of the project was to avoid 63,993 tonnes of carbon equivalent (or 234,641 tonnes of CO2) by removing technical, financial and policy barriers, and catalyzing investments in the reconstruction of energy efficient public lighting systems.


UNDP Slovakia mandated Econoler to conduct an evaluation aiming at providing strategy and policy options to improve the effectiveness of the project activities in relation to established objectives. The overall goal was to produce recommendations on how to improve project management and achieve expected results.

The evaluation was broken down into three main steps:

  • Project design evaluation:
    • analyse the concept and overall design by reviewing project objectives and assessing the budgetary relevance of planned activities;
    • report problems, required adjustments to activities and budgets, and inputs.
    • validate the proposal for a project revolving fund to enable the Investment Facilitation Department to build an initial portfolio outlining successful investments;
    • determine if the specific needs of stakeholders were met.
  • Implementation and evaluation:
    • assess the quality and timeliness of inputs and the efficiency of carried out activities;
    • evaluate the quality and timeliness of monitoring and backstopping for all parties involved as well as management effectiveness.
  • Evaluation of outputs, outcomes and impacts:
    • estimate the results with respect to the project developmental objectives, and the successes and failures in achieving global environmental objectives;
    • assess the extent to which the implementation of the project included relevant stakeholders and collaboration between the various project partners;
    • determine if the project had either beneficial or detrimental unexpected effects;
    • analyse the replication potential of the project positive results in both the country and in the region, and outline possible funding sources.
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