Sida Evaluation

What is evaluation?

Updated: 29 June 2014

Development evaluation is a tool for analysing and assessing development cooperation and results. It provides information about results, deepened understanding of how and why certain results were – or were not – achieved, and determines whether they were satisfactory or not. It gives us knowledge of what works, for whom, under what circumstances and how. Evaluation therefore plays a central role in results-based management and for learning at Sida.

Evaluation can contribute to:

  • Well-informed decision-making
  • Input to methods and policy development 
  • Control, accountability and reporting 
  • Transparency, dialogue and improved communication 
  • Increased knowledge about development and development cooperation

Principles and standards

Sida applies OECD/DAC quality standards (pdf) for evaluations. Sida especially emphasise the internationally established quality principles of utility, credibility and independence.

Sida has a participatory approach to the evaluation process. This means that financed evaluations are designed and implemented along with the intended users and the intended use is at the centre of the evaluation process. This, in turn, creates conditions for the conclusions and findings of an evaluation to be cared for and acted upon. 

The credibility of an evaluation relies, to a great degree, on the skills, integrity and impartiality of the evaluator. Sida works to ensure that the evaluation process is transparent and that broad consultations take place before and during the implementation of an evaluation. The knowledge, opinions and views of central stakeholders are also incorporated throughout the evaluation process.

Impartiality and independence is crucial to evaluation. Evaluations commissioned by Sida are therefore conducted by independent evaluators, taking stock of  and accounting for different stakeholder’s perspectives at all stages of the evaluation process. Impartiality and independence also means that both positive and negative evaluation findings are reported in a transparent way and that all stakeholders respect the integrity of the evaluator.

More information

Useful evaluation resources can be found here.

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