DAC Guidelines and Reference Series Quality Standards for Development Evaluation

The DAC Quality Standards for Development Evaluation have been developed to provide guidance for good practice in development evaluation.  Developed through a process of drafting, trialling and reviewing by members of the OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation, the document sets out standards in terms of: overarching considerations; purpose, planning and design; implementation and reporting; and follow-up, use and learning.

This page provides a link to a trilingual version of the document (/العربية/Arabic, English, and français/French) This document is a pdf (6.0 MB).

The document is also available in English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish.

Français: Normes de qualité pour l’évaluation du développement


1 Overarching considerations
  • 1.1 Development evaluation       
  • 1.2 Free and open evaluation process      
  • 1.3 Evaluation ethics        
  • 1.4 Partnership approach       
  • 1.5 Co-ordination and alignment      
  • 1.6 Capacity development       
  • 1.7 Quality control        
2 purpose, planning and design       
  • 2.1 Rationale and purpose of the evaluation     
  • 2.2 Specific objectives of the evaluation     
  • 2.3 Evaluation object and scope      
  • 2.4 Evaluability        
  • 2.5 Stakeholder involvement       
  • 2.6 Systematic consideration of joint evaluation    
  • 2.7 Evaluation questions       
  • 2.8 Selection and application of evaluation criteria    
  • 2.9 Selection of approach and methodology     
  • 2.10 Resources        
  • 2.11 Governance and management structures     
  • 2.12 Document defining purpose and expectations    
3 Implementation and reporting 
  • 3.1 Evaluation team 
  • 3.2 Independence of evaluators vis-à-vis stakeholders 
  • 3.3 Consultation and protection of stakeholders 
  • 3.4 Implementation of evaluation within allotted time and budget 
  • 3.5 Evaluation report 
  • 3.6 Clarity and representativeness of summary 
  • 3.7 Context of the development intervention 
  • 3.8 Intervention logic 
  • 3.9 Validity and reliability of information sources 
  • 3.10 Explanation of the methodology used 
  • 3.11 Clarity of analysis 
  • 3.12 Evaluation questions answered 
  • 3.13 Acknowledgement of changes and limitations of the evaluation 
  • 3.14 Acknowledgement of disagreements within the evaluation team 
  • 3.15 Incorporation of stakeholders’ comments 
4 Follow-up, use and learning 
  • 4.1 Timeliness, relevance and use of the evaluation 
  • 4.2 Systematic response to and follow-up on recommendations 
  • 4.3 Dissemination 


OECD DAC (2010) DAC Guidelines and Reference Series. Quality Standards for Development Evaluation, Evaluation Network of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Retrieved from https://www.oecd.org/development/evaluation/qualitystandards.pdf

Africa Development Bank http://www.afdb.org/en/

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