The SDC uses evaluations to assess its projects, programmes, strategies and institutional issues. Evaluations foster learning, support objective decision-making by management and ensure accountability to political authorities and the public.
The SDC mandates experts or specialised institutions to conduct its evaluations. The evaluations are done in accordance with the international criteria of the OECD-DAC (Development Assistance Committee). The SDC also complies with the directives and standards of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL).
The main evaluation criteria are:
Is the right work being done in this context?
Are the objectives being met/have they been met?
What is the relation between invested resources and achieved results?
Will the results have a lasting positive effect?
What are the overall positive and negative effects, both intended and unintended?
These criteria form the basis for the key questions in an evaluation and are used to decide on the most appropriate approaches and methods.
Different types of evaluation
The SDC distinguishes between three types of evaluation:
These evaluations, commissioned externally by the SDC Evaluation and Corporate Controlling division, cover a specific priority theme of the SDC or institutional matters. A learning group oversees the evaluation process to promote the implementation of the recommendations.
They focus on implementation of the country and regional strategies and are coordinated by the Evaluation and Corporate Controlling division. They are conducted by mixed (i.e. hybrid) evaluation teams comprising an external expert and collaborators from the concerned federal departments (Peers).
Evaluations of projects and programmes
These evaluations are used to assess a specific project or programme and are mandated by the responsible operational unit. In most cases, these evaluations are carried out by external experts. However, the SDC also carries out critical self-evaluations, resulting in informative learning processes.
Política de evaluación de la Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación COSUDE Marzo 2018
Politique d’évaluation Direction du développement et de la coopération DDC
Politica di valutazione Direzione dello sviluppo e della cooperazione DSC