|The DAC Network on Development Evaluation is currently exploring how the DAC Evaluation Criteria can be adapted to the new development landscape and the 2030 Agenda. The criteria are widely used in evaluations of development programmes far beyond the membership of the DAC.|
Global Consultation on Adapting the Evaluation Criteria
In the context of a broader debate about the future of development evaluation, a discussion has begun on re-thinking the five DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, first articulated alongside evaluation principles in 1991. Throughout 2018, the Network and its partners hosted a global consultation to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the criteria, and how they might best be adapted to today’s development context. Our overall goal – in line with our mission – is to support better evaluation, which will in turn play a role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
We received an impressive number of 691 responses to the public survey! Overall the conversations produced more than 700 pages of input. Thank you to everyone who participated!
This work is ongoing, in close collaboration with our members and external partners.
In the meantime you can follow the debate on Twitter.
When evaluating programmes and projects it is useful to consider the following criteria. The criteria were first laid out in the DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance and later defined in the Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management. The following further explains the criteria and provides some sample questions to illustrate how they may be used in practice:
Sources: The DAC Principles for the Evaluation of Development Assistance, OECD (1991), Glossary of Terms Used in Evaluation, in 'Methods and Procedures in Aid Evaluation', OECD (1986), and the Glossary of Evaluation and Results Based Management (RBM) Terms, OECD (2000).