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Monitoring and Evaluation

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring and evaluation system is used to measure the effectiveness and impact of his Department’s overseas development aid. (99938)

DFID has a comprehensive database system containing data on all projects and programmes that have been approved and have spent funds since 1 April 1992.

We assess the performance of all our projects and programmes of £1 million or more on an annual basis and on completion. Each project/programme is scored using a five-point scale, which assesses the degree to which it meets its objectives.

Reviews may be undertaken by the project/programme team, by external consultants or in conjunction with other donors, partner governments or other external stakeholders. All reviews are scrutinised by Heads of Office or Department. A sample is reviewed in depth by our Internal Audit and Evaluation Departments when undertaking country programme audits and studies. Our Corporate Strategy Group undertakes ad hoc spot checks on compliance in project and programme reviews, and commissions external assessments of samples of reviews where appropriate.

As well as country programme evaluations, the work of the Evaluation Department (EvD) includes a series of independent studies which measure effectiveness and impact across a range of sectors relevant to DFID’s current agenda, from HIV/AIDS to Budget Support, from Anti-Corruption to Gender Equality. EvD studies are carried out by external professional evaluation experts who are free to produce objective and challenging reports for both accountability and lesson-learning purposes.