Established in 2006, the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade builds stronger evidence for more effective aid. ODE monitors the performance of the Australian aid program, evaluates its impact and contributes to international evidence and debate about aid and development effectiveness.
The ODE rolling evaluation work plan covers the period from 2013–14 to 2015–16. It includes activities that are currently under way, evaluations expected to commence, and a reserve list of topics which may be initiated in future years.
There is increasing interest in how evaluation can contribute to the evidence base on what works (and what doesn’t) in aid. ODE is uniquely placed to assess performance across the Australian aid program and bring international best practice to bear in identifying new and better ways of working.
ODE’s evaluations are guided by relevant professional standards including the Australasian Evaluation Society's guidelines for the ethical conduct of evaluations [external website, PDF 373kb], and the DAC quality standards for development evaluation [PDF 1.8mb].
ODE analyses and reports on performance information generated through the aid program's quality and program management systems. ODE works closely with the Program Effectiveness and Performance Division to improve systems for performance management and reporting of the aid program.
ODE has published three Annual Reviews of Development Effectiveness (ARDE) since 2008, which drew on evaluation findings and analysis of data from Australia’s aid reporting and performance management systems.
ODE will now publish an annual synthesis and quality assurance report overseen by the Independent Evaluation Committee.
ODE collaborates with international leaders in analysis of aid effectiveness and impact to bring international experience and learning to the Australian aid program. ODE’s partners include the International Institute for Impact Evaluation (3IE) [external website], and the Independent Evaluation Group’s Regional Centres for Learning on Evaluation and Results (IEG-CLEAR) [external website].
The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) was established in mid-2012 to strengthen the independence and credibility of the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE).
6 November, 2013