The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) manages and conducts evaluations of the Australian aid program. Most of the evaluations are strategic in nature. These evaluations are broad assessments of Australian aid that focus on key policy directions, specific development themes and sectors, or large programs (geographic or global). They highlight what has worked, or not worked, and identify systemic issues that facilitate or constrain the effectiveness of Australian aid. They inform change in both strategy setting and operational practice and assist in identifying new and innovative ways to deliver Australian aid. When selecting topics, ODE is guided by several key principles:
- potential learning benefits
- previous evaluation coverage
- materiality or the scale of expenditure
- risks to aid effectiveness, and
- government policy priorities.
ODE also supports and leads some program evaluations in collaboration with the program areas.
The management responses to ODE’s evaluations are a public commitment to implementation of accepted recommendations. ODE assesses the implementation of actions listed in management responses and reports on progress to the Independent Evaluation Committee. The Review of Uptake of ODE Recommendations report is published annually on ODE’s website.
View ODE publications.