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1 Overview of the Summary Plan for the First Evaluation of GEOSS Implementation Craig Larlee (Canada) M&E WG Co-Chair Joint meeting of M&E WG and ET January 20, 2010 Geneva, Switzerland 1

2 2 Recap: Overall Strategy for GEOSS Evaluation (from the Framework Document) Periodic evaluations will form the primary means to assess the extent to which the intended outcomes of GEOSS are being achieved. Monitoring will largely focus on the completion of Tasks as identified in the GEO Work Plan (as revised from time to time). The First Evaluation will comprise the mid-term assessment requested in the Ministerial Declaration from the Cape Town Summit. It will focus primarily on the priorities identified in the Declaration. The four subsequent evaluations will each address particular Societal Benefit Areas and Transverse Areas, with the intent of addressing all SBAs once and all TAs at least once over the period. The Final Evaluation will examine the entire scope of progress toward GEOSS implementation achieved to that date. The M&EWG oversees the evaluation process but does not itself conduct the evaluations. A separate Evaluation Team will be convened for each evaluation.

3 3 Summary Plan for the First Evaluation 1.Introduction 2.Purpose of the Evaluation 3.Description of the Activity to be Evaluated 4.Scope of the Evaluation 5.Evaluation Matrix (Questions, Criteria and Indicators) 6.Data Collection and Analysis 7.Evaluation Work Plan 8.Structure of the Final Report

4 4 Introduction Summary Plan is primarily intended to serve as guidance from the M&EWG to the Evaluation Team. Not a detailed set of instructions. –Within the parameters it establishes there remains considerable room for Evaluation Team members to offer their expertise and apply their professional judgement.

5 5 Purpose of the Evaluation Initial step in a comprehensive strategy of monitoring and evaluation of GEOSS. Response to the request by ministers to conduct a mid-term assessment of the progress of GEOSS implementation. Expected users: 1) GEO Plenary and ministers of GEO member countries; 2) GEO bodies (e.g. Secretariat, Committees, Task leads). Intended to inform decisions related to GEO governance, planning and reporting processes, or other aspects of GEOSS implementation.

6 6 Activity to be Evaluated The distinction between GEOSS and GEO is key. The evaluation is intended to focus on implementation of GEOSS and not on the functioning of the Secretariat or of the GEO Plenary and subsidiary bodies, except as needed to understand issues identified with GEOSS implementation. Appreciation of the voluntary nature of GEO, which is unlike treaty-based international organizations, is crucial to the evaluation design.

7 7 Scope of the Evaluation Primary focus on realization of priorities articulated in the Cape Town Declaration. Other aspects of implementation to be addressed in the context of the Cape Town priorities. Note that the wording of the Cape Town Declaration is broad and that reference to other documents may be needed to aid in interpretation.

8 8 Evaluation Matrix Identifies the key questions to be addressed by the evaluation, the criteria to be used to assess performance (what should be observed), and the information likely to be needed to answer the questions and apply the criteria. More work will be required to refine the matrix, including identification of specific sources of data/information, methods to be used to collect and analyse the data/ information, and how the criteria will be applied in practice.

9 Evaluation Questions What Should be Observed (Evaluation Criteria) Information Required To what extent do the Strategic Targets (and the associated outcomes) adequately reflect the priorities and commitments in the Cape Town Declaration? Strategic Targets include all significant aspects of the priorities and commitments in the Cape Town Declaration. Cape Town Declaration Strategic Targets document Evidence supporting the interpretation of the above documents. To what extent are the Work Plan Tasks reflective of the actions required to achieve the Strategic Targets? All Tasks are necessary to the achievement of the Strategic Targets. Processes are in place to identify gaps in the current Work Plan where additional Tasks are required to achieve Strategic Targets and to solicit offers to fill these gaps. Strategic Targets document GEOSS Roadmap Completed Task Sheets (current and past versions) Evidence regarding the relationship of Tasks to Targets. Evidence regarding work planning and gap analysis processes. To what extent are the Tasks being implemented as intended? Statement of targets and milestones in GEO planning documents in a form that permits objective verification against actual performance Actual performance reflects substantial achievement of performance expectations Completed Task Sheets (current and past versions). Work Plan Progress Reports and other information regarding the status of all Tasks. Information concerning the actual conduct of work planning, Task management, and reporting processes

10 To what extent are expected outcomes of GEOSS being realized? Clearly stated expected results that inform work planning and performance monitoring Achievement of near-term outcomes in some domains, although likely of limited scope Statement of expected outcomes for GEOSS in a form that depicts the logical relationships between GEOSS Tasks and the expected outcomes at various levels and/or time scales and between the expected outcomes and the ultimate intended impacts of GEOSS Evidence that statements of GEOSS outcomes influence the selection of Tasks Information regarding processes for the monitoring and assessment of outcomes related to GEOSS Evidence regarding the achievement of near-term GEOSS outcomes Are there significant unplanned benefits or unintended negative consequences of GEOSS? Documentation of unplanned benefits of GEOSS Absence of any significant negative unintended consequences. Information concerning the existence and magnitude of unintended consequences of participation in GEO, GEO Tasks or of GEOSS operations 10

11 11 Data Collection and Analysis The Summary Plan identifies some likely sources of data and information to support the evaluation. This list is not intended to be limiting – other sources may be identified by the Evaluation Team. The specific sources to be used in the evaluation and details about how they will be used should be described in the Detailed Evaluation Plan.

12 12 Roles and Responsibilities – M&E WG Overall evaluation strategy Preparing the Summary Evaluation Plan Proposing a strategy for recruitment of the Evaluation Team Overseeing execution of the evaluation, including approving the Detailed Evaluation Plan Transmitting the final evaluation report to the GEO Executive Committee, which may include analysis or remarks concerning the evaluation process, findings or recommendations.

13 13 Roles and Responsibilities – Evaluation Team Reviewing the Summary Evaluation Plan and discussing any potential issues with the M&EWG Preparing the Detailed Evaluation Plan Conducting the evaluation Informing the M&EWG on a regular basis of progress Raising issues affecting implementation of the evaluation promptly and proactively Circulating a draft evaluation report (or extracts) within the GEO community for factual review Preparing the final evaluation report and transmitting it to the M&EWG. The Evaluation Team is solely responsible for the findings, conclusions and recommendations contained in the report.

14 14 Roles and Responsibilities – GEO Secretariat Office space and support to the Chair of the Evaluation Team (if requested by nominating Member) Reasonable access to documentation and files Reasonable access to Secretariat staff to participate in interview and other data collection processes Internet-based tool to enable secure sharing of evaluation documents among Evaluation Team members Support in identifying and contacting GEO stakeholders Logistical support for meetings and teleconferences All other required resources to be provided as part of voluntary contributions by GEO Members / POs

15 15 Timeline of Evaluation Activities 15

16 16 Structure of the Final Report Executive Summary –To include summary of Findings; Conclusions; Recommendations Introduction –Evaluation methodology must be described but may be put in a separate section of the report. Findings –Sub-division of this section to be determined by Evaluation Team. Conclusions and Recommendations Appendices –Should include details of documents consulted, persons interviewed, interview protocols, survey questions, etc.

17 Annex: Cape Town Declaration We confirm our common view that: The sustained operation of terrestrial, oceanic, air-borne, and space-based observations networks is critical for informed decision making; Data interoperability is critical for the improvement and expansion of observational, modelling, data assimilation, and prediction capabilities; Continued research and development activities and coherent planning as essential for future observation systems; Continued cooperation and dialogue will establish GEOSS as a powerful means to support informed decision making; Coordination, at national, regional and global levels, continued investments, scientific and technological advances and innovative approaches to financing will be vital for upgrading and expanding Earth observations and building the capacity of individuals, institutions and systems, particularly in developing countries; We support the establishment of a process with the objective to reach a consensus on the implementation of the Data Sharing Principles for GEOSS to be presented to the next GEO Ministerial Summit. The success of GEOSS will depend on a commitment by all GEO partners to work together to ensure timely, global and open access to data and products; We commit to explore new ways and means for the sustained operations of the shared architectural GEOSS components and related information infrastructure; We commit ourselves to working together to improve the interoperability of and access to observation and associated prediction and information systems towards the continued strengthening of GEOSS and the full realization of the 10-Year Implementation Plan. 17

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