Recommended External Resources


Many high quality resources and reference documents are available from USAID partners and other development professionals. These resources are good sources of context indicators, methodologies, and guidance.


Climatescope ranks countries on their past, present, and future ability to attract investment for clean energy companies and projects. It includes country by country assessments, an interactive report, and index in 55 emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. The index comprises 54 data inputs or “indicators” which fall under four thematic topics: Enabling Framework (I), Clean Energy Investment and Climate Financing (II), Low-Carbon Business and Clean Energy Value Chains (III), and Greenhouse Gas Management Activities (IV).


Climate-Eval is an online community of practice hosted by the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) in Washington, D.C. Its overarching goal is to establish standards and norms, support capacity development, and share good practices in evaluations of climate change and development and—most recently—natural resource management. Members form a global network of monitoring and evaluation practitioners in government and development cooperation agencies, civil society organizations, and academia.

Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE)

Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) is a suite of indicators that assesses the legal and regulatory environment for investment in sustainable energy. It establishes a framework for better depicting the national enabling environment to attract investment into sustainable energy.  RISE encompasses 28 indicators organized in four broad categories to encompass the multidimensional aspects of enabling environment—planning; policies and regulations; pricing and subsidies; and procedural efficiency.

REN21 Global Status Report

First released in 2005, REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) provides a overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide.

CAIT Climate Data Explorer

CAIT is a suite of tools that allow users to utilize the data to understand considerations of equity in climate negotiations, see transparency and available information in country climate action commitments, interact with historical emissions data, and dive into the methodologies behind future emissions projections.

WRI Policy and Action Standard

The GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard provides a standardized approach for estimating and reporting the change in GHG emissions and removals resulting from policies and actions.

Impact Evaluation in Practice

This book offers an accessible introduction to the topic of impact evaluation and its practice in development. Prospective impact evaluations should be used selectively to assess whether or not a program has achieved its intended results, or to test alternatives for achieving those results.

Monitoring and Evaluation Planning

This monitoring and evaluation (M&E) planning module is intended to provide concise guidance to develop a comprehensive M&E system for international humanitarian relief and development programs. It covers the key planning documents and processes needed to set up and implement an M&E system for project planning, implementation, and evaluation. This module is designed for use by M&E specialists, managers of humanitarian and development programs, and decision makers responsible for program oversight and funding.

ND-GAIN Country Index

The ND-GAIN Country Index, a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.