Evaluation Criteria

Building on our Funding Principles, GFEMS will evaluate concept notes on the basis of the following criteria.


Significant impact at scale

  • Prevalence reduction: ability to measure and reduce prevalence and identify and impact key vulnerability drivers that facilitate victimization
  • Scalability: potential for rapid, cost effective expansion of intervention model
  • Replicability: relevance of intervention model and learnings to other contexts


  • Intervention model explicitly addresses survivor re-victimization risks, displacement to other vulnerable populations, or other unintended consequences; and engages survivors (as appropriate) in intervention design and execution

  • Articulates measurable value for government (e.g., alignment with national 5-year plan or top national priorities) and ability to deliver commitments

  • Articulates measurable value for business and ability to leverage market forces or deliver private sector commitments

  • Articulates approaches to enhance service provision and ensure sustainable recovery of victims

  • Understanding of relevant local partnerships required – including civil society, private, or government sector investment – and plan for building or securing buy-in

Strategic approach

  • Evidence of structured thinking behind proposed intervention model, as expressed by a coherent theory of change (with assumptions to be tested) that feeds into the overarching GFEMS Theory of Change

  • Understanding of potential and/or need for additional resources to sustain or enhance impact and address risks

  • Outlines plan for value-adding collaboration and specific examples of potential partners

  • Building on existing promising practices being developed in various settings


  • Feasible plan for on-the-ground implementation, with realistic resources for doing so, including commencing operations within 3 months

  • Identifies robust KPIs and meaningful milestones; includes plans for monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive learning

  • Organization has the capabilities necessary to execute feasible, logical plan