Evaluation Manual: Methodology and Processes

Published by: 
International Fund for Agricultural Development, Independent Office of Evaluation
Publication Date: 
April, 2009

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The manual builds on internationally recognized evaluation practices and criteria.  It takes into account recent changes within IFAD, such as the introduction of a range of new operational policies and strategies, as well as enhancements to the Fund's operating model.

The Evaluation Manual contains the core principles and methodology for undertaking evaluations, including project, thematic, country programme and corporate-level evaluations.  The manual also presents the key processes for designing and conducting project and country programme evaluations.

The document was developed in a participatory manner, which entailed wide-ranging discussions among the IOE staff and consultants, IFAD Management and staff, as well as selected project directors from all regions. 

In addition, IOE benefited from the insightful comments and guidance of a seven-person international experts panel of senior independent advisers (chaired by Professor Robert Picciotto, former Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group).

The Arabic, French and Spanish versions of the manual are available to facilitate its use in all geographic regions covered by IFAD operations.