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Assessing aid impacts revisited: results measurement in Norwegian aid

Rob Lloyd and Espen Villanger ()

Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2014, vol. 6, issue 4, 461-479

Abstract: This paper assesses the role of Norad's Evaluation Department in explaining the lack of results documentation in Norway's aid assessments. We found a hands-off approach to managing evaluations, leading to missed opportunities for correcting deviations during the preparation and analysis phase. Evaluations directed towards outcomes and impacts do not have the necessary design features to ensure that such assessments are delivered including the specification of methodologies, data requirements, and the competencies of the selected evaluators. We conclude that the department is not putting sufficient emphasis on results measurement in the planning and quality assurance of evaluations, and that this contributes to a large degree to the lack of high-quality results documentation, especially at the levels of outcomes and impacts.

Date: 2014
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