Programm- und Projektevaluierungen: Qualität und Resultatserzielung

Contract partner: Orange & teal GmbHCountry: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 48.000,00Project start: 18.08.2021End: 31.01.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

The main purpose of this assignment is twofold: - contributing o an enhanced results orientation and assessment of the effectiveness of ADA funded and/or implemented programmes and projects, and

- enhancing the contribution of PP evaluations at ADA to a better results assessment, including in the context of ADA’s business strategy


Expected results

The expected results are: - Structured feedback on at least 20 programme and project Evaluation key PP evaluations based on the ADA Guidelines for Programme and Project Evaluations is provided

- A methodology is available and in use to assess and regularly report on the achievement of PP results, based on the findings of programme and project evaluations conducted, in particular the Results Assessment Forms

- A dashboard for quarterly and annual analyses of available Results Assessment Forms (RAFs) is available and in use

Target group / Beneficiaries

The target group are ADA staff at Headquarters and in the field, managing and providing quality assurance to ADA PP evaluations as well as management at ADA and BMEIA working towards enhanced results assessment and effectiveness of Austria's development cooperation activities.


Planned measures include:

- written feedback is provided on key PP evaluation products (Terms of Reference (ToR), Inception Report (IR), Evaluation Report (ER), Results Assessment Forms (RAFs)) are provided in line with the standards set by the ADC Plus Evaluation Policy (2019) and the ADA Guidelines for Programme and Project Evaluations (2020).

- a methodology is developed and tested to assess and regularly report on the achievement of re-sults, based on the findings of programme and project evaluations conducted, in particu-lar the RAFs (degree of results achievement, challenges, facilitating factors).

- a dashboard for quarterly and annual analysis of RAFs is developed, tested and in use.


The Austrian Government Programme 2020-2024 includes a commitment to a well-founded evaluation of the effectiveness (Wirksamkeit) of Austria’s development cooperation activities. Over recent years, ADA’s Evaluation Unit has taken multiple steps to lay the ground for a strengthened results assessment and evidence-base on the effective achievement of results of ADA funded and/or implemented programmes and projects. In 2018, it commissioned a meta-evaluation of PP evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations on how to enhance the quality of PP evaluations and the assessment of results therein. In 2020, based on the findings of the meta-evaluation , ADA revised its PP Evaluation Guidelines and sub-sequently strengthened the capacities of its staff and implementing partners to commission eval-uations in line with Austria’s and ADA’s evaluation standards . As part of this revision, ADA also updated the results assessment form (RAF), a mandatory annex to all PP evaluation reports, which aims to systematically capture and document the extent to which a programme or project contributes to the achievement of results at different (output, outcome and impact) levels, based upon the evaluation findings. To facilitate the evidence-based and independent assessment of effective results achievement at all levels, it is fundamental to take a renewed and strengthened look at the assessment of results in the context of programmes and projects funded and/or implemented by ADA.

project number2835-02/2021
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityOther technical assistance
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.