Systematic evaluation of Norwegian aid
The Evaluation Department is governed under a separate mandate for evaluating the Norwegian Development Aid Administration and reports directly to the Secretary Generals of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
The objectives of evaluations are to:
- evaluate the results achieved in relation to specified goals and plans;
- evaluate whether resource use is commensurate with the results achieved;
- systematise lessons learned with a view to assuring the quality of future projects and improving results through effective learning processes; and
- provide information to the authorities and the general public.
The evaluation function shall contribute in part to learning and gathering experience from Norwegian participation in international development cooperation, and in part to keeping the actors in Norwegian development policy accountable for its administration.
Published: 3. November 2020
Norwegian Development Aid in the Age of the CoronaAn evaluation view on Norwegian aid responds to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Published: 27. October 2020
Development aid to fragile states: greatest need, highest riskAn increasing proportion of Norwegian development aid is going to countries in fragile situations. This is where the need for humanitarian support is greatest, but also the risk is highest. Norad’s Evaluation Department launches an evaluation of Norway’s engagement in Somalia.
Published: 3. July 2020
Three lessons that prepare the aid administration for crisesThorough analyses, good coordination of Norwegian efforts and active collaboration with international partners are the three main lessons learned when the evaluation department in Norad sums up last year.
Published: 12. May 2020
Consequences for evaluation activities as a result of Covid-19The Covid-19 crisis have led to various consequences for the evaluation of Norwegian aid. This includes how ongoing evaluations are conducted, adjustments of the current Evaluation programme and new initiatives.
Published: 6. April 2020
New evaluation programme: Knowledge is even more important when there is a global crisisDevelopment assistance is now facing major challenges that require action. In such times, knowledge is all the more important for making good decisions.
Published: 15. October 2019
Seven recommendations for improved assistance through multilateral partnershipsAn increasing share of Norwegian assistance is given through multi-donor trust fund mechanisms. A new evaluation has drawn lessons from Norway’s evolving experience to inform future participation in multilateral partnerships.
Published: 21. June 2019
Development of statistical capacity in the SDG-eraIn this Evaluation view, Irene Tuveng argues that more and better official statistics available on country level gives the potential for increased monitoring and evaluation capacity, but that evaluations must not set the priorities for national statistical systems.
Published: 19. June 2019
A Self-Assessment Online Tool for National Evaluation Diagnostics and Strategising Options in the SDG EraThe Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP has developed a self-assessment online tool for national evaluation diagnostics and strategising options. Get an overview of the self-assessment tool in this evaluation view.
Published: 19. June 2019
Civil society organisations and donors: from independent to credible evaluationsIn this Evaluation view Javier Fabra-Mata discusses the standard of independence in evaluations, and asks the question: is the search for independence in evaluations doing more harm than good?
Published: 11. June 2019
Can evaluations support a more adaptive and flexible development approach?Fredrik Magnussen from Civita discusses the purpose of evaluation and shares some ideas for the ongoing organizational aid reform in Norway.