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.
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).