Evaluation of development programmes

Ireland - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Evaluation and Audit Unit

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Organisation Background


Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s official aid programme and is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Department). The Irish Aid Evaluation Policy (2007) defines evaluation in the Irish Aid context as being the systematic and objective assessment of the design, implementation and results of an ongoing or completed project, programme or policy by assessing the effectiveness of the intervention against its stated objectives. Evaluations are overseen and planned for by the Evaluation and Audit Unit, an independent entity within the Department.


The Unit is mandated to evaluate not only the ODA managed by the Department, but also other activities across the Department. The Evaluation and Audit Unit also provides the internal audit function for the Department.


The Evaluation and Audit Unit is a stand-alone unit, which reports directly to the Secretary General of the Department.


The Audit Committee reports to and advises the Secretary General, and provides an independent appraisal of audit and evaluation arrangements with a view to strengthening internal controls, fraud and risk management. The members of the Committee are fully independent, and have backgrounds in audit, governance, development, and public service management. The Committee meets at least six times a year.

                 Ireland's Evaluation Profile

Ireland's  Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)