Evaluation of development programmes

United Kingdom - DAC Evaluation Network Member


Department for International Development (DFID)

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Organisation Background


In 2011, DFID implemented a new model of decentralised programme evaluation and embedded it throughout the organisation. Placing responsibility for evaluation within programme areas emphasises the use of evaluation for improving the design and delivery of policies and programmes and hence development impact. The vision for the evaluation function in DFID is to:

  • become world class in using evidence to drive value for money and impact and influence others to do the same
  • drive performance using evidence from evaluation, allowing DFID to test, innovate and scale up, modify or discontinue initiatives
  • take measured risks using high quality evidence of programme impact
  • help partners to generate and use evidence.


DFID’s International Development Evaluation Policy (May 2013) was developed to raise awareness of the importance of evaluating development, provide clarity and consistency in the design, conduct and use of evaluation in all UK assistance, set high standards, rigour and ethical practice in evaluation to ensure its quality and utility.


The Evaluation Department is located within the Research & Evidence Division of DFID, overseen by the Head of Evaluation. The Research & Evidence Division reports to the Director General, Policy and Global Programmes, who in turn reports to the Permanent Secretary for International Development.

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