USAID Evaluation Policy
This 2011 policy paper builds on the Agency’s long and innovative history of evaluation, and seeks to redress a recent decline in the quantity and quality of this practice within the Agency.
It sets out a recommitment for USAID staff to learn as they carry out programming, updating standards and practices to address contemporary needs. It lays out more demanding evaluation requirements, ensuring that the majority of program resources are subject to evaluation.
This policy is intended to provide clarity to USAID staff, partners and stakeholders about the purposes of evaluation, the types of evaluations that are required and recommended, and the approach for conducting, disseminating and using evaluations. It is intended primarily to guide staff decisions regarding the practice of evaluation within projects managed by USAID.
It also serves to communicate to implementing partners and key stakeholders a new approach to evaluation. This includes listing required steps for the technical and regional bureaus, including how evaluation should be integrated into project design and that they be unbiased and based on best methods, relevant, oriented toward reinforcing local capacity and transparent.
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