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Evaluation Manual

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Evaluation is independent analysis of development policy and development cooperation. The purpose is to evaluate if the objectives of cooperation are achieved and to understand what works and why. Based on this evaluation produces evidence and recommendations for decision making for continuous quality improvements of development cooperation.

The primary intended users of the Evaluation Manual are the officials who commission and manage evaluations and the experts who implement evaluations both in Finland and in partner countries. The manual also provides more broadly helpful information for all stakeholders who have an interest in the evaluation function and the results of Finland's development policy and cooperation.

The first part of the manual introduces the concepts of development evaluation, and the international norms and standards. Part two provided guidance on the evaluation process phase by phase. Part three briefly introduces budget support evaluation.
All comments and contributions for the further development of the manual are warmly welcome! Do contact EVA-11(a)!

Templates and tools:

Terms of Reference for an Evaluation

Checklist: Quality of Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for an Appraisal

Start-up Meeting Agenda

Letter of Introduction

Non-Disclosure Agreement

Outline for an Inception Report

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for evaluations

Outline for an Evaluation Report

Checklist: Quality of Evaluation Report

Management Response for a project/programme evaluation

Evaluation plan for project and programme evaluations


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Development Evaluation Unit

  • Evaluations provide impartial information on the achievement of objectives set for development cooperation. Evaluations are conducted in order to learn from successes and setbacks, and the lessons learned are used for developing future cooperation. 
  • Read more about the evaluation of development cooperation
  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs conducts two kinds of evaluations based on  the size of evaluations and on the party responsible for the implementation: decentralised  (= project and programme) and centralised (= comprehensive) evaluations.
  • Project and programme evaluations assess individual projects and programmes. They are carried out by the units and embassies responsible for projects' implementation.
  • Comprehensive evaluations focus on larger entities, such as policies, strategies and instruments, and they are conducted by the Development Evaluation Unit (EVA-11).