Recently, the complex evaluation of evaluation reports of projects carried out as part of the Czech Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the period 2012-2013 has been completed. The evaluations were commissioned by the Department of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Apart from assessing the quality of 20 evaluation reports according to the international OECD-DAC criteria and cross-cutting principles of Czech ODA, this so called meta-evaluation also aimed at assessing the system of evaluations of development projects according to the internationally recognized evaluation criteria recommended by the Czech Evaluation Society: utility, feasibility, correctness and accuracy. The main goal of the meta-evaluation was to identify difficulties and shortages of the system of evaluations of development projects and present concrete recommendations and measures for its improvement.
FoRS - Czech Forum for Development Cooperation - welcomed this process for which FoRS had been advocating for a long time, as well as the inclusion of two of its representatives in the so called reference multi-stakeholder group with an advisory and supervising role. Nevertheless, in its joint position on the final report, FoRS presented several critical issues, namely a lack of linkages between the obtained data and recommendations as well as a mixture of conclusions based on the data and personal opinions of the evaluators in the final report; an insufficient inclusion of views of the implementing teams; the lack of a list of good practices and issues to be avoided by future evaluators; and lack of addressing the actual use of the recommendations in the evaluation reports.
Contact person at FoRS: Marie Zázvorková.
Information provided by Marie Zázvorková, FoRS Liaison Officer