Evaluation in Development Agencies

OECD has published an evaluation study of official development programmes in development agencies and multilateral banks, based on questionnaires, findings from peer reviews by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), interviews and a literature review. The study describes the role and management of evaluation includes information about the specific institutional settings, resources, policies and practices of each of the DAC Evaluation Network’s 32 members. The study identifies major trends and current challenges in development evaluation, covering: human and financial resources, institutional set-ups and policies, independence of the evaluation function, reporting and use of evaluation findings, management response systems, donor co-ordination, joint evaluation, and the involvement of partner countries in evaluation work. The study is part of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation’s ongoing efforts to increase the effectiveness of development co-operation policies and programmes by promoting high-quality, independent evaluation.

An abstract is available by following the link below.

“Evaluation Insights” are informal working papers, designed to highlight emerging findings and relevant policy messages from evaluation. This series is part of the Network's ongoing effort to actively support the use of evaluative evidence in development policy making and debate. More: http://www.oecd.org/development/evaluation/


OECD (2010), Evaluation in Development Agencies, Better Aid, OECD Publishing.

Document type
  • Report


Publication Year


Geographical focus
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on January 6, 2012
Modified on March 1, 2016