Project and programme evaluations

Project and programme evaluations

The Directorate General for International cooperation and development (DEVCO) undertakes a range of different evaluations. The most common are evaluations of specific projects and programmes which are managed by the EU Delegations and DEVCO Headquarter units in charge of the intervention to be evaluated. Strategic evaluations are managed by the central Evaluation Unit. They cover complex evaluations like : long-term geographic, thematic, corporate, general policies, strategies in countries and regions.

Did the project reach its stated objectives? Were there any unforeseen positive or negative effects? What could be learned from the experience, and how can DEVCO and its partners do an even better job next time? How can an ongoing intervention be improved to maximize its results?

DEVCO commissions evaluations of individual EU-funded projects and programmes during and after their implementation. Good practices, but also lessons of negative experiences, provide sound analysis and help to improve on-going and future project /programme management or project/programme design.

Project evaluations are managed by independent external experts which are hired to conduct the evaluation. A Reference group provides assistance to the evaluation manager in steering the evaluation by providing a sounding board for discussing the validity of findings, conclusions and recommendations. It is composed of partner government officials, local stakeholders and, if applicable, donors active in related projects.

Project Evaluations follow a methodology defined by DEVCO’s Evaluation Unit and complemented by DEVCO’s project reviews (ROM).

Since May 2016, DEVCO manages its project and programme evaluations with an IT system "e-Evaluation Tool & Library" or EVAL Module. The EVAL module is an interactive platform accessible by all stakeholders involved in an evaluation, including contractors. The external stakeholders need to create an EU Login to access the platform. Click here  to request an EU login. Contractors can access the EVAL module here, user guides here and specific e-learning videos via this link.

Capacity4dev is the European Union’s knowledge sharing platform for development cooperation, where you can share, learn and collaborate with over 22,900 members. You can join ourpublic group on Design, Monitoring & Evaluation via this link and you can consult our "Evaluation methodological approach" via this link.