Assessment Criteria

All applications submitted to Global Affairs Canada are required to provide information on the nine criteria listed below. Although there are specific questions related to the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, results-based management, risk management, environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance, the assessment of your application will seek evidence of their integration throughout your application.

In its review of applications, Global Affairs Canada will look for the following elements:

1.0 Rationale for the initiative

  • The development needs or challenges that the initiative is planning to address are described comprehensively and clearly, and the expected impact on poverty reduction is supported by evidence.
  • There is evidence of endorsement or support from stakeholders, intermediaries and beneficiaries, demonstrating a commitment from them to undertake the initiative.
  • Measures for addressing opportunities and obstacles for local ownership (as defined in the Paris Declaration) are practical.
  • There is a clear description and realistic approach to the interactions that need to occur with other development actors or institutions to implement the initiative successfully.
  • There is evidence of the incorporation of lessons learned and best practices by the applicant.
  • There is evidence of the integration of environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance in the design and development of the initiative.
  • The initiative is aligned with Departmental and regional, institutional or local country priorities, strategies and plans.

2.0 Managing for Results

  • The theory of change guiding the initiative’s design from ultimate outcome to outputs, including associated assumptions, is fully explained, clear, realistic and logical.
  • The logic model presents a graphic representation of the main elements of the theory of change, including: realistic and measurable output and outcome statements, and a clear and compelling cause-and-effect relationship between each level of the logic model.
  • In order for environmental sustainability, gender equality and governance to be considered as integrated in the initiative, there is a clear description of the integration of these in the theory of change and logic model.
  • Strategies and efforts suggest that local capacities will be strengthened and results will be sustained.
  • There is a description of stakeholders’, intermediaries’ and beneficiaries’ participation in the design and development of the initiative.
  • The description of strategies and efforts for ensuring sustainability of results are practical, realistic, and comprehensive.

3.0 Activity and Results-Based Monitoring Plan

  • The list of activities leads logically and realistically to each output.
  • The preliminary performance measurement framework meets the specifications required in the application form and indicates the applicant’s understanding of managing and monitoring for results. This includes, but is not limited to, the presence of sex-disaggregated targets and gender-sensitive indicators.
  • The initiative management systems are comprehensively described, with evidence that results-based monitoring and management approaches are firmly embedded in the applicant organization, and that the applicant is capable of addressing, and will address, any challenges that arise.

4.0 Responding to Risks

  • There is a clear description of the key risks that could have the greatest impact on the achievement of development results.
  • The risks are linked to outcomes identified in the logic model, and take into consideration the integration of environment, gender equality, and governance themes including “do no harm” as regards human rights (where relevant).
  • The proposed response measures are comprehensive, appropriate and well-designed to reduce the impact and/or likelihood of the identified risks
  • The proposed response measures are financially and technically feasible.

5.0 Environmental Sustainability

  • All key positive and negative environmental effects are clearly identified.
  • Corresponding mitigation and enhancement measures are comprehensive, appropriate, and financially and technically feasible.
  • The environmental measures have been incorporated into the initiative's design and planning (e.g., theory of change, activities, indicators, budget).
  • The applicant demonstrates sufficient capacity (e.g., processes, tools, financial and human resources) to ensure implementation of the environmental measures identified.

6.0 Gender Equality

  • The gender-based analysis is relevant to the initiative and summarized with key supporting data.
  • The project outcomes, especially at the Intermediate level, include gender equality results that are based on the gender analysis.
  • Corresponding gender equality mitigation and enhancement measures are comprehensive, appropriate, and financially and technically feasible.
  • The gender equality measures have been incorporated into the initiative's design and planning (e.g., theory of change, outcomes, activities, indicators, budget).
  • The applicant demonstrates sufficient capacity (e.g., processes, tools, financial and human resources) to ensure implementation of the gender equality measures identified.

7.0 Governance

  • Key governance issues are identified.
  • There is evidence of an inclusive and participatory approach to all elements of the initiative (e.g. design, management and monitoring)
  • Corresponding governance mitigation and enhancement measures are comprehensive, appropriate, and financially and technically feasible.
  • The governance measures have been incorporated into the initiative's design and planning (e.g., theory of change, activities, indicators, budget).
  • The applicant demonstrates sufficient capacity (e.g., processes, tools, financial and human resources) to ensure implementation of the governance measures identified.
  • The outline of key human rights issues is complete and logical, including no harm done. Mitigation measures proposed to address any human rights concerns are appropriate and sufficient.

8.0 Financial information

  • Budget tables are detailed and complete, and demonstrate that all activities/components are integrated into the budget.
  • The budget reveals a cost-effective approach to initiative implementation, and reflects realistic costs of carrying out the planned work.
  • All direct costs are included, well described and eligible.
  • Human resources appear appropriate to the initiative requirements.
  • Resources (human resources and goods) identified and their cost are the minimum required to meet the expected results (including environment, gender equality and governance).

9.0 Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

  • The organization's ability (expertise and experience) to carry out the initiative is clearly demonstrated and detailed.
  • The local capacity in financial management, technical issues, results-based management and monitoring, procurement, human resources, and other expertise and staff required to deliver initiative activities and outcomes, is all demonstrated.
  • The local capacity to manage environment, gender equality, and governance themes is all demonstrated.
  • Initiative examples demonstrate significant and relevant technical experience and prior initiative successes in delivering results.
  • Evaluations point to successful and acceptable performance.