The Office of Development Effectiveness
DFAT Aid Evaluation Policy and Annual Aid Evaluation Plan
As outlined in the Aid Evaluation Policy, program evaluations are initiated and managed by program areas, such as country and sector programs. Each program undertakes an annual process to identify and prioritise a reasonable number of evaluations which they can use to improve their work, with larger programs expected to undertake more evaluations. Programs have flexibility to determine the highest priority issues their evaluations should focus on.
Each year, planned program evaluations are outlined in the Annual Aid Evaluation Plan.
Supporting program evaluations and evaluation capacity
ODE provides support for program evaluations and to strengthen DFAT's internal evaluation capacity.
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.
- Periodic reviews of Australian aid program evaluations that consider factors influencing the quality of operational evaluations and lessons for the program areas that commission them.
- A partnership with BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing and generating information about approaches, methods and tools.
ODE also offers support to evaluation managers conducting program managers. We do this by:
- providing advice;
- reviewing evaluation terms of reference, plans and reports;
- participating in reference groups; and
- on occasion conducting individual program evaluations.