Revision of the ADA Project and Programme Evaluation Guidelines
The main Purpose of the assignment is to assist EVAL in the process of updating the Guidelines and developing the first
complementary Module on Programme and Project Evaluations for ADC's Plus Evaluation Policy, published in August 2019. The aim is to implement the process in a participatory manner and to involve ADA and partner programme managers, since the Guidelines are a document which is used at an operational level.
Updated and state of the art Guidelines for ADA Project and Programme Evaluations will contribute to enhancing the quality of evaluations and consequently also the use of evaluation results.
This assignment will produce supporting the process of revising the Guidelines and developing the first Module on Programme and
Project Evaluations within the overall framework of the ADC Plus Evaluation Policy.
ADA Programme Managers and Thematic Advisors at HQ, ADA staff at HQ, ADA implementing Partners and external Consultants - in their function as supervising or implementing Project and Programme Evaluations for ADA funded interventions. The estimated annual number of direct beneficiaries is 250 persons.
As an initial step consultations with different stakeholder groups (ADA senior management, ADA and partner programme managers, ADA’s Risk and Third Party Funding Unit, ADA head of Coordination
Offices) are planned to better understand the functions of PP evaluations and the related demands. To facilitate the work on the Guidelines, a working group, chaired by EVAL will be established. It will
include representatives of different ADA units, ADA Coordination Offices as well as partners. The Draft Guidelines will be shared for comments with key stakeholders beyond the working group
before they will be finalized.
In 2018/2019 ADA commissioned its first Meta-Evaluation of Project and Programme Evaluations which assessed the quality and usefulness of PP evaluations at ADA and to provide an Overall assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. It also identified enabling and hindering factors for evaluation quality and use. One of the recommendations which was put forward by the Meta-Evaluation was to revise the current ADA Guidelines for Project and Programme Evaluations (2009).