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20 June 2014
The Quality of Australian aid operational evaluations report assesses the quality of 87 evaluations commissioned and completed by DFAT in 2012. It also considers underlying factors influencing evaluation quality and utility.
The review confirms that the majority of operational evaluations (74 per cent) are credible, and provide robust evidence about the performance of the Australian aid program.
The review identifies several areas for further improvement. It provides practical guidance for the DFAT areas that commission operational evaluations, as well as specific recommendations to improve evaluation quality and utility.
Learning from Australian aid operational evaluations synthesises the findings of the 64 evaluations assessed as credible and offering lessons of potential value to a wider audience.
This review addresses an identified gap in the dissemination of Australian aid evaluation findings since many of the original evaluation reports can be hard to locate or readily digest. The review’s purpose is to inform and improve program design and management within the Australian aid program, and to provide lessons of value to the broader development community.
The report identifies nine key lessons for improving the effectiveness of the Australian aid program.