Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Are there Quality Standards for Evaluations?

Evaluation item: 
Evaluation Standards
  • OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation. "Quality Standards for Development Evaluation DAC Guidelines and Reference Series." Paris: OECD-DAC, 2012.
    • Available here
    • Beginner, Intermediate
    • The OECD DAC Standards provide a guide to good practice in development evaluation. Built through international consensus, the Standards are intended to serve as an incentive and inspiration to improve evaluation practice.
  • United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG). "Standards for evaluation in the UN System." Foundation Document, UNEG. 2005.
    • Available here. Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic versions also avaliable. 
    • Beginner, Intermediate
    • These standards build upon the Norms for Evaluation for the UN system. They are drawn from best practice of UNEG members. They are intended to guide the establishment of the institutional framework, management of the evaluation function, conduct and use of evaluations.

Relevant to all stakeholders, evaluation standards are crucial for ensuring that evaluations are carried out correctly in order to contribute to both learning and accountability. It is important to remember that there are different national evaluation association standards. The two listed here are but a sample of the standards available, and users of the Field Guide are encouraged to consult other standards.