How to Develop Terms of Reference for Evaluation Projects

This paper from the South African Department Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)  provides guidance on preparing Terms of Reference(ToR) for evaluation projects.The guide includes clear examples and explanations for each part of the ToR.


  1. Background Information and Rationale
  2. The focus of the evaluation
  3. Evaluation design
  4. Evaluation Plan
  5. Budget and payment schedule
  6. Management Arrangements
  7. The proposal to be submitted
  8. Intellectual property rights


Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), (2012). How to develop terms of reference for development projects. Retrieved from website: