Systematic evaluation of Norwegian aid
The Department for Evaluation, located in Norad, is mandated to initiate and carry out independent evaluations of any activity financed over the Norwegian aid budget.
The Department for Evaluation is governed under a separate mandate for evaluating the Norwegian Development Aid Administration and associated evaluation strategy and guidelines, 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: 20. March 2018
Ineffective results reporting?A new evaluation finds that the results-based management practised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Norad fails to contribute to effective development assistance because the results information collected is not used to a sufficient extent.
Published: 27. February 2018
New evaluation programme focuses on humanitarian assistance and the private sectorNew programme for 2018-2020.
Published: 6. December 2017
Many good results despite high riskNew Country Evaluation Briefs on development assistance to Myanmar and Nepal.
Published: 13. October 2017
Evaluation and Learning for International Sustainable Forest InitiativesA workshop on evaluation and international forest initiatives took place in Oslo 12-13. October 2017. All relevant informationa; reports, videos and summaries will be published on this page.
Published: 12. October 2017
Stocktaking on achievements the Norwegian forest initiativeAs Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative soon celebrates it's ten years anniversary, the Evaluation department is taking stock of the achievements and lessons so far.
Published: 15. September 2017
Three prerequisites for learning in development aidThe evaluation department in Norad identifies the main lessons to be learned from the last year of evaluations.
Published: 16. January 2017
A new evaluation programme focuses on civil society‘One-fifth of Norwegian development assistance is channelled through civil society organizations. This is a particular feature of our development aid,’ says Per Øyvind Bastøe, Director of the Evaluation Department.
Published: 15. February 2016
New evaluation programme focuses on current topicsNorwegian efforts related to the ongoing crisis in Syria are among the evaluations comprising the Norad Evaluation Department’s programme in 2016.
Published: 6. October 2015
Major challenges in aid for educationNew evaluation report points to shortcomings in UNICEF’s and GPE’s assistance for basic education during the period 2009-2013.
Published: 18. August 2014
Considerable progress for Norway’s International Climate and Forest InitiativeA new report evaluates Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) and shows that results have been achieved in spite of weak pre-initiative planning and poor reporting during its implementation.