IFAD Evaluation Manual (2nd edition)

Published by: 
International Fund for Agricultural Development, Independent Office of Evaluation
Publication Date: 
January, 2016

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The Evaluation Manual contains the core methodology that the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) uses to conduct its evaluations. It has been developed based on the principles set out in the IFAD Evaluation Policy, building on international good evaluation standards and practice.

The manual has been developed upon the principles set out in the IFAD Evaluation Policy, building on international good evaluation standards and practice. It incorporates new international evaluative trends and also builds on IOE's experience in implementing the first edition, taking into account the recent changes in the international development architecture, as well as IFAD's new strategic priorities and operating model, with clear implications for evaluation methods and processes. IOE has also adopted more rigorous methodological approaches, for instance through the promotion of better impact assessment techniques and through the use and design of theories of change.

The manual also contains the core methodology for evaluations that were not contemplated in the first edition, such as corporate-level evaluations, impact evaluations and evaluation synthesis reports. It is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish to facilitate its use in all regions where IFAD has operations