Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation

2016 Review

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Evaluation is widely recognised as an important component for learning and improving development effectiveness. Evaluation responds to public and taxpayer demands for credible information and independent assessment of development co-operation activities. The Development Assistance Committee’s Network on Development Evaluation supports members in their efforts to strengthen and continuously improve evaluation systems.

The 2016 review of evaluation systems in development co-operation looks at the changes and trends in evaluation systems over the last five years. The report describes the role and management of evaluation in development agencies, ministries and multilateral banks. It provides information about the specific institutional settings, resources, policies and practices of DAC Evaluation Network members, and includes specific profiles on each member’s evaluation system. The study identifies major trends and current challenges in development evaluation. It covers issues such as human and financial resources, institutional setups and policies, independence of the evaluation function, reporting and use of evaluation findings, joint evaluation, and the involvement of partner countries in evaluation work.

This report is part of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation’s ongoing efforts to increase the effectiveness of development co-operation policies and programmes by promoting high-quality, independent evaluation.




Slovenia became a donor country in 2004 and has been putting the legal and strategic frameworks in place since then. The country adopted the International Development Cooperation of the Republic of Slovenia Act in 2006, which was followed by the Resolution on International Development Cooperation in 2008. The Resolution set out various goals in development co-operation for the country to achieve by 2015. The Resolution is to be updated in order to further guide Slovenian development co-operation. A Special Review of the Slovenian development co-operation programme and systems was conducted in 2012, after which the country was accepted as the 29th member of the OECD DAC. The Evaluation Policy and the Evaluation Guidelines were prepared in 2014 and 2015, and a peer review by other DAC members is envisaged after 2015.


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