Evaluation Criteria

Across all programs and donors, GFEMS evaluates concept notes based on the following criteria. Specific programs may have additional requirements, indicated in the respective solicitation.


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