Evaluation of development programmes

Developing evaluation capacities

 

Strengthening evaluation capacities is part of creating effective institutions for development and lays the groundwork for mutual accountability and collaboration. The capacities of both donor agencies and partner countries to undertake effective development planning, monitoring and evaluation are key components of aid effectiveness.

Evaluation capacity development (ECD) is the process whereby people, organisations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity to produce and use evaluation to effectively support accountability and learning (Read more on capacity development). Producing and using evaluations requires individual skills and knowledge, organisational systems and policies, and an enabling environment.

The DAC Network on Development Evaluation is committed to supporting mutual accountability and learning by working hand in hand with partners to strengthen evaluation capacities. To achieve this, the OECD DAC EvalNet Task Team for evaluation capacity development (ECD) is focused on developing and improving partnerships to strengthen the relevance, coherence and impact of our investments in capacity development. The focus of the Task Team for 2014-2015 is on establishing a stronger evidence base of what works’ in ECD, sharing and identifying opportunities for collaboration, and developing joint initiatives

At the Network’s 19th meeting in April 2016, participants and members agreed to renew the work of the Evaluation Capacity Development Task Team with an increased focus on supporting country-led evaluations as outlined in the SDG outcome document. The work of the evaluation capacity building task team draws upon the Country-Partner Donor Evaluation (CPDE) work. The task team is working on the launch of a new study to synthesise information from existing sources on demands, opportunities, and entry points in different contexts to support evaluation capacity development.

 

Concept note: Working Consensus on Evaluation Capacity Development

 

Read the latest Evaluation Capacity Development Newsletter

 

 Resources

 

Tip-sheet available:

How to Support Capacity Development
through Evaluation

This Tip-sheet provides basic advice to evaluators on how best to support evaluation capacity development through their regular evaluation work, outlining elements of a more “capacity-friendly” approach to evaluating development co-operation.

 

The note was written for the evaluation departments of development agencies, but will also be of interest to country offices, independent evaluators and programme staff concerned with strengthening capacities in developing countries. This tip-sheet is part of the ongoing work of EVALNET to support stronger evaluation capacities.

 

 

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Read the UNICEF book series on Capacity Development

International Conferences on National Evaluation Capacities:

Johannesburg - South Africa, September 2011 Read the meeting documents

Casablanca - Kingdom of Morocco, 15-17 December 2009 Access the 2009 proceedings

Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR): A Multilateral Initiative (11th Meeting PowerPoint, 2010)
Towards a Strategic Partnership for Evaluating Capacity Development (11th Meeting Room Document, 2010)

Supporting partner country ownership and capacity  Unicef experts meeting, January 2010: Hans Lundgren, head of the Secretariat for the Network, and other leading experts discuss country-led evaluation and capacity development.

A strategic approach to supporting evaluation capacity development in partner countries: what is known and suggestions for moving forward (Meeting Room Document and Background Paper, 2009)

Strengthening evaluation capacity in partner countries: What next for the Network? (PowerPoint, 2009)

M&E Capacity Development in the AfCoP-MfDR and the Case in Ethiopia (PowerPoint, 2009)

ECD - Lessons and experiences in Vietnam  (6th Meeting Room Document, 2007) 

ECD Case Study, Learning by Doing, Viet Nam  (6th Meeting PowerPoint, 2007)

ECD Discussion paper  (6th Meeting Room Document, 2007)

Fact-finding study of Network members ECD work (2006)

Partners in Development Evaluation: Learning and Accountability Workshop25-26 March 2003
(25-26 March 2003)

 

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