Q+A: GEF IEO director Juha Uitto on the QoR4D Frame of Reference workshop

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Juha Uitto is the Director of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) and has decades of experience in evaluation in environment and development contexts.

On February 27 and 28, 2023, he attended a workshop organized by the CGIAR’s Independent Advisory and Evaluation Service (IAES)’s in Rome, Italy. The workshop aimed to introduce the new guidelines on evaluating quality of science and research in process and performance evaluations. These build on the CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council (ISDC)’s Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D) Frame of Reference, and provide the framing, criteria, dimensions, and methods for assessing QoR4D – both within CGIAR, and in other like-minded organisations. The hybrid online and in-person event was designed to help practitioners across and beyond the CGIAR system to understand and apply the new guidelines in their own evaluative contexts.

We spoke to Uitto to find out more about his experience of the workshop and his aspirations going forward.

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