Has a project reached its stated objectives? Where there any unforeseen positive or negative effects? What could be learned from the experience and how can EuropeAid and its partners do an even better job next time? How can an on-going intervention be improved to maximize its results?
EuropeAid commissions evaluations of individual EU-funded projects and programmes during and after their implementation. Evaluations on project/programme level are used to improve on-going operations and to learn from experience. Good practice but also negative experience can help to design and manage better projects in the future.
Project evaluations are managed by the EU Delegations or EuropeAid Headquarter units in charge of the intervention to be evaluated. Independent external experts are hired to conduct the evaluation. A Reference Group composed on partner government officials, local stakeholders and, if applicable, donors active in related projects accompany the evaluation and ensure that the recommendations are taken up.
Project Evaluations are following a methodology defined by EuropeAid’s Evaluation Unit. Project evaluations are complemented by EuropeAid’s project reviews, the Results Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system.