Evaluation of development programmes

Denmark - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Evaluation Department (EVAL)
Danish International Development Agency (Danida)

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Organisation Background

Danish development co-operation is evaluated by the Evaluation Department (EVAL) located in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Its primary task is to plan, design and implement evaluations of development co-operation implemented by Danida. EVAL disseminates evaluation results and lessons internally and externally.
The Evaluation Department contributes to policy and strategy development in Danida by providing information on experiences gathered through own and other donors’ evaluations. Furthermore, it is responsible for the support provided to development research.
The evaluation function is placed in the MFA, whereas Danida is the implementing agency of Danish development co-operation. The Evaluation Department reports to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) through the State Secretary for Development Policy and is independent of the operational functions of the MFA.
A two-year rolling evaluation programme is produced by the Evaluation Department in close consultation with the operational departments and embassies. The draft programme is reviewed and, if necessary, activities prioritised in discussion with senior management and the Council for Development Policy. The programme is published on the MFA home page for public hearing. The Minister and the Parliament also have opportunity to comment and propose amendments to the draft. Finally, the programme is approved by the Minister responsible for development co-operation and forwarded for comments to the Foreign Policy Committee of the Parliament.

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