The Office of Development Effectiveness

Strengthening the effectiveness of Australia's aid program

The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade builds stronger evidence for more effective aid. ODE monitors the performance of the Australian aid program, evaluates its impact and contributes to international evidence and debate about aid and development effectiveness.

2014 Quality Review of Aid Program Performance Reports

Each year Australia’s country and regional aid programs report progress against their objectives in Aid Program Performance Reports (APPRs). As part of ODE’s role to independently oversee DFAT aid performance reporting, we conduct annual quality reviews of APPRs. These reviews examine the quality of APPRs and highlight strengths and opportunities for improvement.

A desk based review of donor experiences in Sector-wide approaches in the health sector

Two nurses tending to a patientA desk based review of donor experiences in Sector-wide approaches in the health sector’ report presents the findings from a desk-based review of evidence on the effectiveness of donor support for the health sector through the use of sector-wide approaches (SWAps), sector budget support and government systems in six countries where the Australian aid program has used such approaches and/or systems (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Solomon Islands).

Evaluation of the Australia-Vietnam country strategy 2010–15

Two vietnamese womenThis evaluation found that the Australia-Vietnam country strategy 2010-15 was developed through a collaborative process which resulted in a robust framework for the Australia-Vietnam aid relationship. The implementation of the Australian aid program in Vietnam has also been strong. The evaluation makes four recommendations to assist the targeting and delivery of Australia’s ongoing aid program with Vietnam.

A window of opportunity: Australian aid and child undernutrition

A woman holding up a bookletThis evaluation found that the Australian Government's investments in child nutrition generally constitute good practice. A number of recommendations were made to improve the targeting of child undernutrition (especially during the critical first 1000 days of a child’s life) and the monitoring and reporting of Australia's efforts.

Australia’s Humanitarian Response to the Syria Crisis: Evaluation report

Syrian children in a refugee campSince the Syrian conflict began, the Australian Government has responded with over $135 million for humanitarian assistance. At the request of DFAT’s Middle East Branch, ODE has completed an evaluation examining the effectiveness of this response. This evaluation considers both the efficacy of material assistance provided and that of Australia’s diplomatic efforts. It also identifies some important ways in which Australia’s response to this, and other, protracted crises might be further strengthened.

ODE releases a new evaluation of research use in DFAT

A male scientist smilingThe Australian aid program has long recognised the importance of research to development innovation and high-quality aid policy and programming. It has invested around 3 per cent of its aid budget in research over the past decade. ODE’s newly released Research for better aid evaluation assesses the degree to which that investment has been appropriate, effective and efficient, and suggests ways its management might be improved in the future.

ODE releases ‘Smart Economics’ evaluation of women’s aid

Two women of Papua New Guinea standing with a piece of machinery ODE has released its ‘Smart Economics’ evaluation, which assesses the effectiveness of Australia’s policies and programming to promote women’s economic development. It finds that whilst Australia’s policies to promote women’s economic empowerment are sound, implementation approaches are generally weak. It makes four key recommendations to improve the effectiveness of women’s economic aid programs.

August 2014 edition of ODE Updates online now

A group of people standing in front of banners smiling at the camera ODE Updates you on Australia’s new development policy and our latest published evaluations-Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa crisis, two reviews of operational evaluations and Australia’s aid to Timor-Leste. We also report on two popular seminars ODE co-hosted with BetterEvaluation on presenting data effectively.

DFAT’s operational evaluation projects listed

Hands tracing the Australian aid identifier ODE is making information about DFAT’s operational evaluations easier to access, listing details of 39 current and recent DFAT operational evaluations on our website. Five good-practice evaluation products are also featured, and the Operational Evaluations section plans to establish a regularly-updated operational evaluations index.

Independent Evaluation Committee Communiqué

The Independent Evaluation Committee logo The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) is an advisory body which provides independent expert evaluation advice to improve ODE’s work in planning, commissioning, managing and delivering a high quality evaluation program.

ODE releases an evaluation of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa Humanitarian crisis, 2011

An African woman with a bright length of material ODE has released its evaluation of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa Humanitarian crisis, 2011. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness of Australia’s response and identifies how to improve Australian humanitarian assistance.

ODE releases two reviews of operational evaluations of Australian aid

Review of operational evaluations document ODE has released two reports on evaluations commissioned by DFAT’s aid program areas and completed in 2012. Quality of Australian aid operational evaluations assesses the quality of 87 evaluation reports and considers their utility. Learning from Australian aid operational evaluations synthesises the key, recurring lessons of the 64 evaluation reports assessed as credible.

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