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The Evaluation Department

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

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Organisation Background

 

The Evaluation Department is the unit responsible for initiating and implementing independent evaluations of development co-operation activities financed under the Norwegian development co-operation budget, and communicating these results to the public and decision/policy makers. The Evaluation Department is located in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The key objective of evaluations is to identify lessons learned in a systematic way, so that they can be used in policy development and serve as the basis for operations activities.

 

The Department’s function and role is defined in the "Instructions for Evaluation Activities in Norwegian Aid Administration" issued in 2015. The Instructions empower the Evaluation Department to decide what to evaluate, how to evaluate and to provide and communicate recommendations for follow-up.

 

The Department is led by the Evaluation Director and directly reports to the Secretaries-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The constitutional responsibility to manage the Norwegian aid budget is shared by the two Ministries. The issues related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) are reported to the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

 

The Evaluation Department formulates a two-year rolling Evaluation Programme. Suggestions to the Programme are widely sought from internal and external stakeholders. The final approval of the programme is made by the Evaluation Director and is subsequently submitted to the Secretaries-General of the Ministries.

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