Evaluation of development programmes

New Zealand - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV)

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Organisation Background


The last five years have seen a period of significant change for the organisation and management of New Zealand’s development co-operation. In 2009, the management of the New Zealand Aid Programme (the Aid Programme) was transferred from a semiautonomous unit (known as NZ Aid) and integrated into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).


MFAT’s Evaluation Policy (updated in June 2014) sets the core requirements for conducting strategic, programme, policy and practice, and activity evaluations. The policy reflects the OECD DAC Principles of Evaluation for Development Assistance and applies the DAC Evaluation Quality Standards for Development Evaluation. It is supported by operational guidelines, knowledge notes, evaluation resources and staff training.


The Evaluation Policy highlights that evaluation: (i) provides evidence to assess whether the Aid Programme is making a difference by using the most effective and efficient methods to support sustainable development; (ii) assesses the distinctive contribution of the Aid Programme to the generation of results and (iii) contributes to a body of evidence and experience to support future policy directions and development practice improvements. New Zealand utilizes evaluation findings for decision-making, learning and accountability purposes.


In 2013, the ER team was re-established with new roles and responsibilities. The primary focus was to create a new evaluation function, system, processes and to build an evaluative culture. This included establishing a coherent multi-year evaluation work programme across three co-ordinated levels: strategic, programme and activity level. The intention is that evaluations at the different levels complement and reinforce each other.

                  New Zealand's Evaluation Profile

New Zealand's Evaluation Reports (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)