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. The Task Team is currently chaired by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.

Concept note:  Working Consensus on Evaluation Capacity Development


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Recent Work

The Network continues to serve as a hub for learning about and sharing experiences with capacity development. The 2010 study of Network members, discussions at meetings and a fact-find survey  led by Japan in 2007, have shown that ECD is an increasingly important, active, and challenging area of work. Input on partner-country experiences has been provided by speakers at Network meetings and the Network continues to engage with regional and international evaluation groups on this topic.

Individual members are actively engaged in direct support for capacity development efforts at many levels. Through their own evaluation work, particularly joint evaluations, members also impact partner country capacities indirectly. A paper presented at the June 2009 meeting outlined emerging lessons on how to maximize the positive impacts of donor evaluation work to better support capacity development. A tip-sheet for members on how to maximize the positive impacts of donor evaluation work to better support capacity development was also developed.  




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 2009Access 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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