Evaluating Development Co-Operation: Summary of Key Norms and Standards

Evaluating Development Co-Operation Summary of Key Norms and Standards is a set of core principles for evaluation of development assistance adopted by the OECD DAC in 1991 and are at the heart of the Evaluation Network's approach to evaluation. The principles focus on the management and institutional arrangements of the evaluation system within development agencies.

The DAC Network on Development Evaluation is a unique international forum that brings together evaluation managers and specialists from development co-operation agencies in OECD member countries and multilateral development institutions. Its goal is to increase the effectiveness of international development programmes by supporting robust, informed and independent evaluation.


  • Defining Evaluation
  • DAC Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management
  • Development of Norms and Standards for Evaluation
  • DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance
  • Review of the DAC Principles for Evaluation of Development Assistance
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Evaluation systems and Use: A Working Tool For Peer Reviews and Assessments
  • DAC Evaluation Quality Standards
  • Guidance Documents


OECD DAC Network on Development Evaluation (2010). Evaluating Development Co-Operating Summary of Key Norms and Standards. (2nd ed.). OECD DAC. Retrieved from http://www.oecd.org/development/evaluation/dcdndep/41612905.pdf

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