A Project Assessment Framework for Adaptive Planning, Impacts Generation, and Scaling

Initiatives for sustainable societies have gained momentum following recent global agreements on sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. Efforts to support changes in the behaviour and practices of individuals and organisations generally involve complex challenges that require continuous adaptation through reflection and learning. Project assessment requires more emphasis on the facilitation of learning from an early point, the adaptability of project planning and implementation, and wider pathways of scaling. This framework was prepared in the context of supporting projects under the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme of the United Nations 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP SLE Programme). The framework was first drafted by the authors and then revised on the basis of the lessons learned through collaborating on projects during 2017-2018 and through inputs from the contributors and reviewers. The framework is published for wider use by practitioners and donors in order to assess and support projects that seek to realize sustainable societies.