Evaluating Development Activities – 12 Lessons from the OECD DAC

As development co-operation faces ever increasing pressures to demonstrate results, donors and partner governments need credible, timely evidence to inform their programmes and improve performance. Evaluation has a critical role to play in providing such evidence. New methodologies and ways of working are being developed to better understand what works, why and under what circumstances and improve mutual accountability.

The 12 Lessons on Evaluating Development Activities are aimed at strengthening evaluation for better learning and decision-making and will be a particular interest to countries and agencies working to strengthen their development evaluation activities.


The strategic framework for learning and accountability
Lesson 1: Base development policy decisions on evidence
Lesson 2: Make learning part of the culture of development co-operation
Lesson 3: Define a clear role for evaluation

Delivering evaluations effectively
Lesson 4: Match ambitions with adequate resources
Lesson 5: Strengthen programme design and management systems
Lesson 6: Ask the right questions and be realistic about expected results
Lesson 7: Choose the right evaluation tools
Lesson 8: Work together
Lesson 9: Help strengthen partner country capacities and use them

Strengthening the culture of learning
Lesson 10: Act on evaluation findings
Lesson 11: Communicate evaluation results effectively
Lesson 12: Evaluate the evaluators
References and further reading

Read the full report at http://www.oecd.org/dac/peer-reviews