The Office of Development Effectiveness
Strengthening monitoring and evaluation across DFAT
Monitoring the performance of aid investments and managing an evaluation requires significant knowledge, skill and experience. ODE builds the capability of DFAT staff to plan and conduct evaluations, and monitor the performance of aid investments.
Training and guidance
ODE builds organisational capability through contributing to the development and delivery of internal training on monitoring and evaluation. ODE has developed guidance on how to manage an evaluation that is included in DFAT’s Aid Programming Guide.
Supporting program evaluations
Program evaluations are independent assessments of the performance of Australian aid investments. They provide evidence to inform program management decisions, contribute to broader learning and help to enhance accountability. Program evaluations are generally commissioned and managed by program areas.
ODE connects program areas to resources that assist evaluation management. This includes:
- The DFAT monitoring and evaluation standards, which outline how to articulate consistent requirements to evaluation practitioners and how to assess whether evaluation products meet a reasonable standard of quality.
- Examples of good practice evaluation products (terms of reference, evaluation plans, and evaluation reports) that provide learning material for use by aid initiative managers and evaluators.
- The Australasian Evaluation Society's guidelines for the ethical conduct of evaluations and the OECD Development Assistance Committee's quality standards for development evaluation, which are the professional standards that guide ODE's strategic evaluations.