Evaluation of development programmes

Collaborative Evaluations


The DAC Network on Development Evaluation promotes joint and collaborative evaluations (involving multiple development partners) as a tool for mutual accountability and learning.


Spotlight on the COVID-19 Global Evalluation Coalition

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The COVID-19 Global Evaluation Coalition is an independent collaboration made up of the evaluation units of countries, United Nations organisations and multilateral institutions. The OECD provides secretariat support The purpose of the Coalition is to provide credible evidence to inform international co-operation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic - helping to ensure that lessons are learned and that the global development community delivers on its promises.

The Coalition will provide evidence from reviewing and communicating lessons from past evaluations, and is working to evaluate the ongoing COVID-19 response, including institutional responses and implementation, and eventually beneficiary level impacts. The Coalition will help to coordinate evaluation work around a shared framework. Given the urgency and scale of support to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries, support for effective evaluation is more important than ever.

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Lessons from Evaluation - Food Security

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The benefits of joint evaluations:

  • Mutual capacity development. Joint evaluations enable agencies (as well as partner countries and local consultants involved) to learn from each other and to share evaluation knowledge.
  • Harmonisation and reduced transaction costs. One joint effort instead of multiple single evaluations can clearly reduce the partner country’s transaction costs. This will also limit the number of different evaluation messages and foster consensus on recommendations for future actions.
  • Objectivity and legitimacy. Joint evaluations can increase the objectivity, transparency and independence of the evaluation and strengthen its legitimacy and impact. Broad participation increases ownership of findings and makes follow-up on recommendations more likely.
  • Broader scope. Joint evaluations can address broader evaluation questions and facilitate a perspective on multi-agency impacts beyond the results of one individual agency.


Publications from the Network

Good Practices during Covid-19

ADB COVID-19 Lessons

Managing Joint Evaluations

Collaborative Partner Donor Evaluation Initiative




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