Awards in evaluation excellence

DFAT’s Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) has taken out the 2016 Award for Excellence in Public Sector Evaluation from the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) for its Evaluation of the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

In addition to professionalism, ethical conduct and excellence in evaluation work, the winning evaluation must demonstrate how it has created observable changes in public sector policies or programs. In this respect, ODE acknowledges the openness of NGOs and Volunteers Branch to the evaluation findings and their pursuit of continuous improvement.

This is the second time in three years that ODE has won the AES Public Sector Evaluation Award (in 2014 ODE won the Award for Excellence for the Evaluation of Australian Volunteers for International Development).

Simon Ernst and Tracey McMartin from ODE were on the evaluation team, working in close collaboration with a contracted team from Coffey International Development. The award provides significant peer recognition for exemplary evaluation practice in Australasia.

The award acknowledges the great work of ODE and their partners in the evaluation including DFAT NGOs and Volunteers Branch and the ACFID Development Practice Committee, which fulfilled the role of reference group. Oversight from DFAT’s Independent Evaluation Committee contributed to the rigour and quality of the evaluation. The evaluation findings (and process itself) have improved the program and its associated policies, and the partnering arrangements between DFAT and the NGO sector.

In keeping with its top priorities, and as it reaches its tenth year anniversary, ODE continues to demonstrate and promote good evaluation practice within DFAT.

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Tracey McMartin, Assistant Director, Office of Development Effectiveness and David Goodwins, Senior Principal, Coffey International Development with their 2016 AES Award for Excellence in the Public Sector Evaluation Award category at the AES International Evaluation Conference in Perth. Credit: Kanu Negi, DFAT

Last Updated: 7 November 2016