United Nations
Environment Programme

Evaluation Criteria and Ratings

UN Environment evaluations assess the projects with respect to a minimum set of evaluation criteria grouped in five categories:

  • Strategic Relevance;
  • Attainment of objectives and planned result, which comprises the assessment of outputs achieved, effectiveness and likelihood of impact;
  • Sustainability and replication;
  • Efficiency and; 
  • Factors and processes affecting project performance - including preparation and readiness, implementation and management, stakeholder participation and public awareness, country ownership and driven-ness, financial planning and management, UN Environment supervision and backstopping, and project monitoring and evaluation.

Evaluation consultants may propose other evaluation criteria as deemed appropriate and discuss them with the Evaluation Manager. 

         Download detailed guidance on the evaluation criteria here.


An evaluation provides individual ratings for the evaluation criteria. Criteria are rated on a six-point scale as follows:

  • Highly Satisfactory;
  • Satisfactory;
  • Moderately Satisfactory;            
  • Moderately Unsatisfactory;
  • Unsatisfactory and;
  • Highly Unsatisfactory.

Sustainability is rated from Highly Likely down to Highly Unlikely.

In the conclusions section of the report, ratings are presented together in a table, with a brief justification cross-referenced to the findings in the main body of the report. Download the summary table of Evaluation Ratings here

          GEF Projects Evaluation Ratings

          Non-GEF Projects Evaluation Ratings