Our Network on Development Evaluation works to make development programmes more effective and strengthen accountability by supporting independent evaluation.
Is aid becoming more effective?
Since countries signed up to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in 2005, efforts have been underway to improve the way development co-operation works. A major independent joint evaluation is looking at these efforts, and assessing the results.
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Joint evaluation in Tanzania
To improve mutual learning and reduce fragmentation, we facilitate joint evaluations between development partners. Denmark and the United Nations, for example, recently joined forces to evaluate efforts to help refugees in Tanzania.
Quality standards: now in Arabic
Our Quality Standards for Development Evaluation are a practical guide to planning and carrying out evaluations that work.
DEReC provides access to hundreds of evaluations of development programmes around the world. Browse reports on a range of sectors and themes, from education to infrastructure, from human rights to food security.
Robust, independent evaluation of development programmes provides information about what works, what does not and why. This learning contributes to improving the development effectiveness of aid and helps hold donors and partner country governments accountable for results. As a platform for evaluation learning and co-ordination, the Evaluation Network develops shared norms and standards and facilitates our members' efforts towards joint work by encouraging them to share and co-ordinate their plans for future evaluations.
Co-ordinated and collaborative evaluations can not only deepen and broaden the level and scope of analysis, but also streamline fragmented efforts. As part of our work on joint evaluations act as a co-ordinating hub.
To facilitate the transition towards owndership advocated by the Paris-advocated, we support efforts to building the capacity among developing countries to perform and collaborate in evaluations, such as through the Haiti Task Force.
How should you plan an evaluation, consult with stakeholders and follow up on findings and recommendations? We address these questions in our internationally backed framework for evaluating development policies and programmes.
We also address good evaluation practice in challenging emerging areas, including:
Looking for evaluation reports?
Every year, hundreds of evaluations are conducted by the central evaluation departments of our member agencies.
Our DAC Evaluation Resource Centre (DEReC) collects these reports to facilitate learning and provide evaluators with evidence of what works and what doesn't. DEReC is updated every week and contains over 2 000 reports for free consultation and download by donor, sector and country.
We regularly analyse these evaluations to follow the latest trends and highlight key lessons on our DEReC front page.
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