Monitoring and evaluations

The SDC aims in its work to deliver strong results with high effectiveness. It assesses whether its projects are properly implemented and subsequently measures the improvement in beneficiaries' lives. This is done through monitoring and evaluation – tools used to improve the quality of programmes, projects and strategies and to report transparently on their effectiveness, as set out in Art. 170 of the Federal Constitution.

The SDC measures its work by way of two main tools: monitoring and evaluation.

  1. Monitoring
    The SDC collects data on various indicators at regular intervals to track the progress of ongoing projects, programmes and strategies. It then interprets these findings to decide whether any mid-term adjustments already during the implementation are necessary.

  2. Evaluations
    The SDC uses evaluations to obtain a systematic and objective assessment of its projects, programmes, strategies and institutional questions. It analyses whether the objectives have been met and questions their relevance, efficiency, sustainability and effectiveness. Evaluations are based on monitoring data but also information from other sources such as interviews, surveys and document analysis. 

The initial planning of a project will determine the extent to which it can be subsequently evaluated. The SDC therefore defines its objectives, evaluation criteria and means of assessment at an early stage of planning its projects or programmes. It also makes continual improvements to its methods for monitoring and evaluating the results.