Evaluation of development programmes

Poland - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Development Cooperation Department (DCD)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

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Organisation Background


Poland joined the OECD DAC as the 28th member in 2013. Since the Special Review performed by the DAC in 2010, Poland has made efforts to establish the legal and political foundations, identifying a clear focal point, and creating systems for monitoring and evaluation. The Development Cooperation Act was drafted in 2011 and the Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2012-2015 was prepared, which serves as the basis for the planning and implementation of the Polish development assistance including monitoring and evaluation activities.

The Development Cooperation Act mandates the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs to evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented development goals set out in the Programme. The Deputy Minister, the Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation, acts as the National Coordinator for Development Cooperation and supervises the Department of Development Cooperation (DCD). On behalf of the Minister, the DCD evaluates Polish development co-operation.

Poland’s development assistance has been the subject of evaluation since 2012. The Independent Position, equivalent to a principal advisor (hereinafter Evaluation Post) and in charge of the evaluation of Polish development co-operation, was created within the DCD in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The most recent Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme 2016-2020 provides a clearer definition and the roles of evaluation.

Evaluation of Poland’s development co-operation has the following key objectives:

  • to assess how effectively the Programme goals have been attained
  • to consolidate development policy
  • to support the decision-making process in the context of programming, including decisions on whether to continue programme/project funding
  • to inform policy makers, partner organisations and the general public about the results of development measures.

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