Evaluation of development programmes

Finland - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Unit for Development Evaluation (EVA-11)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Organisation Background


The Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) manages and co-ordinates most of the Finnish development co-operation programme. Under the MFA, the Department for Development Policy is responsible for providing overall guidance on the implementation, planning and monitoring of Finland’s development co-operation policy, and holds direct responsibility for the operational activities for multilateral and civil society organisations development co-operation as well as humanitarian aid. Regional departments are responsible for the implementation of bilateral co-operation. The institutional arrangements and responsibilities for evaluation are defined in the Decree on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 550/2008(1280/2013) and the Evaluation Norm 1/2015. The Unit for Development Evaluation (EVA-11) is an independent administrative unit formally responsible for the development of the evaluation system, commissioning large-scale evaluations, and ensuring its effective use.


EVA-11 became an independent administrative unit in January 2014 and reports to the Under Secretary of State for Development Cooperation and Development Policy.


The evaluation unit is part of the Intervention/Project Quality Assurance Board of the MFA. EVA-11 is expected to ensure that evaluations are used for intervention planning, that the evaluability is high and that an initial evaluation plan is integrated in the funding proposal. Furthermore, EVA-11 is also part of the Development Policy Steering Group of the MFA and an expert member of the national Development Policy Committee to facilitate participatory evaluation planning and provide advice on evaluation-related issues. The planning cycle covers three years, the first of which is elaborated in detail. The ministry-level evaluation plan is prepared by EVA-11 in co-operation with policy makers, senior management, as well as implementing units. The evaluation plan is discussed with the Development Policy Steering Group (KEPO) and later presented to the Under Secretary of State for approval. Both centralised and decentralised evaluations are included in the plan. The practical planning of the decentralised evaluations is done by the implementing units themselves.

                   Finland's Evaluation Profile

Finland's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)


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