Evaluation: a tool for accountability, learning and improvement
Evaluation at AFD aims primarily at drawing lessons to improve forthcoming aid policies, programs and projects. It also enriches in-house knowledge and fuels the public debate. It also contributes to AFD accountability.
The 12 Lessons series pulls together knowledge on good practice in development co-operation from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), drawing in particular on the findings of the DAC’s peer reviews.
Evaluating development co-operation activities is one of the areas where the DAC’s influence on policy and practice can most readily be observed. Having an evaluation system that is well-established is one of the conditions of becoming a member of the DAC. Each peer review examines the set-up and management of the evaluation function, using the norms and standards developed by the DAC’s Network on Development Evaluation.
The Network is one of the longest standing subsidiary bodies of the DAC and evaluation is now used extensively by donors, partner governments and implementing agencies.
On Wednesday 5th of November, AFD organizes a seminar with F3E , an associative network of international solidarity and decentralized cooperation.
Based on the experience of ten panelists (researchers, NGO representatives, local authorities representatives, evaluators), the second F3E-AFD seminar will come back on the issues of social change and will bring a critical view on the current evaluation practices that tend to capture it.
In the area of International Solidarity and Decentralised Cooperation (IS / DC), many actors are seeking to influence or contribute to «social change». But what kind of social change are we talking about? Who is defining it? How is it implemented?
We share the same desire to demonstrate the results and impacts of our actions and are eager to better understand our contribution to the change processes we support. Thus, we increasingly need to analyze, monitor, and assess social change in order to design our intervention strategies.