ODE collaborates with international leaders in analysis of aid effectiveness and impact to bring international experience and learning to the Australian aid program.
Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR)
ODE established a three year partnership with the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) in April 2011. CLEAR is a global initiative, newly established by the IEG, which aims to strengthen developing country capacity in monitoring and evaluation and performance management.
CLEAR has five regional centres worldwide. They are in Anglophone Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa), South Asia (Chennai, India), East Asia (Shanghai, China), Latin America (Mexico City, Mexico), and Francophone Africa (Dakar, Senegal).
ODE will provide A$1 million in core funding to CLEAR over the life of the agreement. The key result of ODE funding will be greater participation of countries in the Asia–Pacific region in CLEAR activities, with funds supporting the Asia Pacific Finance and Development Center (APFDC) in Shanghai in the short term.
- Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) (external website)
- Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) (external website)
ODE became a member of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in October 2009. 3ie was formed in June 2008 to fill the ‘evidence gap’ in development policy.
The Evaluation Gap
“…after decades in which development agencies have disbursed billions of dollars for social programs, and developing country governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have spent hundreds of billions more, it is deeply disappointing to recognize that we know relatively little about the net impact of most of these social programs. Addressing this gap, and systematically building evidence about what works in social development, would make it possible to improve the effectiveness of domestic spending and development assistance by bringing vital knowledge into the service of policymaking and program design.”
Centre for Global Development, ‘When will we ever learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation. Report of the Evaluation Gap Working Group May 2006’.
3ie aims to increase development effectiveness through better use of evidence for policy-making in developing countries. It funds impact evaluation around the world, asking what development programs work, what don’t, and why. 3ie works directly with policy-makers to provide answers about the impact of large-scale development programs.
What do 3ie impact evaluations focus on?
To answer: what works, how, and in what circumstances?
3ie evaluations determine the attribution of development outcomes to a particular program. They establish the cause and effect between policies and programs, and explore both intended and unintended outcomes.
By contributing to a pooled fund for impact evaluation, Australia’s aid program supports an efficient way to answer the enduring questions of development, which benefits a wide range of developing country partners and donors. DFAT’s aid investment also helps to direct 3ie’s focus towards our partners in the Asia-Pacific, and brings back the latest international knowledge on impact evaluation to support evaluations.
Discussion paper: 3ie and the Funding of Impact Evaluation
ODE commissioned Dr Rick Davies, a monitoring and evaluation specialist, to write a discussion paper to inform 3ie’s members about 3ie’s approach to funding of impact evaluations.
- Visit the 3ie website (external website)
- See a searchable database of 3ie’s funded evaluations (external website)
6 November, 2013