Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation

2016 Review

Published on September 30, 2016

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Evaluation is widely recognised as an important component for learning and improving development effectiveness. Evaluation responds to public and taxpayer demands for credible information and independent assessment of development co-operation activities. The Development Assistance Committee’s Network on Development Evaluation supports members in their efforts to strengthen and continuously improve evaluation systems.

The 2016 review of evaluation systems in development co-operation looks at the changes and trends in evaluation systems over the last five years. The report describes the role and management of evaluation in development agencies, ministries and multilateral banks. It provides information about the specific institutional settings, resources, policies and practices of DAC Evaluation Network members, and includes specific profiles on each member’s evaluation system. The study identifies major trends and current challenges in development evaluation. It covers issues such as human and financial resources, institutional setups and policies, independence of the evaluation function, reporting and use of evaluation findings, joint evaluation, and the involvement of partner countries in evaluation work.

This report is part of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation’s ongoing efforts to increase the effectiveness of development co-operation policies and programmes by promoting high-quality, independent evaluation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Executive summary
Evaluation systems in development co-operation3 chapters available
Overview of the 2016 Review of Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation
Evaluation systems and governance
Evaluation processes
Profiles of members of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation37 chapters available
Introduction and key for the member profiles
African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
European Commission (EC)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Finland
France
Germany
Iceland
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Korea
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United States
World Bank Group (WBG)
Annexes4 chapters available
Budget and staffing - centralised units
Further reading
Evaluation resources by member
Interviews conducted as a part of the review exercise
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