ODE’s performance and quality analysis work monitors the department’s aid performance assessment systems, and independently quality assures the data they produce. There are a number of components to this work:
- ODE quality assures DFAT’s self-assessments of the performance of individual aid investments, which are made through annual Aid Quality Checks (AQCs). This quality assurance work involves checking a statistically significant sample of AQC reports each year, to assess whether the quality ratings within them are robust.
- ODE also assesses the quality of Aid Program Performance Reports (APPRs), which report on the performance of country and regional aid programs. These ODE assessments highlight areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. APPR quality reviews have been carried out every year since APPRs were introduced in 2008 and they have been published on the ODE website since 2013.
- Finally, ODE analyses the quality of completed program evaluations on a periodic basis.
Findings from this work support ODE to fulfil its role of quality assuring the assessments made in the annual Performance of Australian Aid (PAA)
report, which was established in Making Performance Count
. ODE independently analyses the performance assessments made in the PAA to provide confidence that they are robust. In doing so, ODE helps the department and the Australian Government to assess and manage how the Australian aid program is delivering against its objectives.