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Sida's Unit for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) is responsible for conducting evaluations of strategic importance. About two evaluations are commissioned by the unit each year. PME also provides support to Sida departments, units and foreign missions as they commission decentralised evaluations.
The following evaluations were recently implemented by Sida's Unit for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation:
Evaluation of Sida’s Use of Guarantees for Market Development and Poverty Reduction
The overall objective of this report is to deepen Sida’s knowledge about the guarantee instrument as a tool for market development and poverty reduction. The evaluation draws lessons from four specific interventions, as to the extent to which the guarantee instrument actually manages to bring about the expected and desired changes, possible hurdles met, either unforeseen problems or possible misconceptions in the design, and ultimately on ways to improve the working of the instrument in the future. The evaluation was carried out by Carnegie Consult with the support of associates and local consultants. The main evaluation report was published in August 2016.
Evaluation of the extent to which Sida's contribution management system is fit for purpose
(Swedish original title: “Utvärdering av ändamålsenligheten i Sidas arbete med insatshantering” The evaluation report is only available in Swedish with an executive summary written in English)
The purpose of the evaluation is to add to Sida's internal projects and analytical work to simplify, develop and strengthen practices and processes by reviewing the extent to which Sida's contribution management system is fit for purpose, with regards to tools and working methods. One of the conclusions of the report is that the new contribution management process has achieved a clearer and more uniform structure, particularly in the assessment of future contributions and a more consistent documentation of the various parts of the process. However, there is also a downside to the consistency where it can cause problems with the management of contributions that do not quite fit in the basic model. Another conclusion is that the focus of the contribution management process and monitoring has to some extent shifted towards Sida’s and the Swedish government's desire for reliable and impeccable management at the expense of an approach that focuses on the partner's interests and is adapted to their capacity. The evaluation also finds that it is doubtful whether the current system is a cost effective solution for contribution management. The report recommends that the risk assessment is simplified, that the results register is replaced with a more holistic view of the results of a contribution and that the content of the current appraisal stages are reviewed. The main evaluation report was published in August 2016.
Evaluation of Policy Dialogue as an Instrument in Swedish Development Cooperation – the Case of Gender Equality
The evaluation covers the period 2007-2013. Its overall purpose was to gain a better understanding of what constitutes successful policy dialogue on gender equality in different contexts and to contribute to the improvement of the policy dialogue as an instrument in development co-operation. The key finding is that, despite some reservations, policy dialogue has been an effective tool, which Swedish embassies have been able to use in diverse contexts. The main evaluation report was published in August 2015.
Support to Capacity Development – Identifying Good Practice in Swedish Development Cooperation
This report presents an evaluation of Sida and Swedish support to capacity development that was conducted as part of a joint evaluation with Denmark and Norway. The purpose was to generate knowledge that will enable the evidence-based design of strategies for capacity development, provide evidence of the extent to which Swedish support to capacity development has been relevant, effective and efficient, and to generate knowledge about the impact of capacity development interventions. The evaluation includes an analysis of documentation from 29 projects, followed by country-studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia and Kenya. The evaluation concluded that Sida supported interventions have made a very important contribution to capacity development results in partner organisations and that the Swedish support, in general, was adequate for the requirements of the capacity development processes. In addition, a set of good practices relative to donor support to capacity development in partner organisations was elaborated. The evaluation notes that fostering capacities in partner countries has been a recurrent objective of Swedish development cooperation, but that in the last decade capacity development has lost part of the centrality it previously had in Sida’s work. The main evaluation report was published in August 2015.
Support to Capacity Development – Identifying Good Practice in Swedish Development Cooperation Sida Evaluation Sida Evaluation Report for the Joint Scandinavian Evaluation of Support to Capacity Development
The Joint Evaluation Report
The joint evaluation report that synthesises the findings and conclusions of the Sida, Danida and Norad evaluations was published in August 2016.