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 second edition of the Evaluation Manual, released in 2015, incorporates new international evaluative trends and draws from IOE's experience in implementing the 2009 first edition. It also takes into account IFAD's new strategic priorities and operating model – which have clear implications for evaluation methods and processes – and adopts more rigorous methodological approaches, for example by promoting better impact assessment techniques and by designing and using theories of change.

The Evaluation Manual's primary function is to ensure consistency, rigour and transparency across independent evaluations, and enhance IOE's effectiveness and quality of work. It serves to guide staff and consultants engaged in evaluation work at IOE and it is a reference document for other IFAD staff and development partners, (such as project management staff and executing agencies of IFAD-supported operations), especially in recipient countries, on how evaluation of development programmes in the agriculture and rural development sector is conducted in IFAD.

The revision of this Manual was undertaken in recognition of the dynamic environment in which IFAD operates, and in response to the evolution in the approaches and methodologies of international development evaluation. It will help ensure that IFAD's methodological practice remains at the cutting edge.

The Manual has been prepared through a process of engagement with multiple internal and external feedback opportunities from various stakeholders, including peer institutions (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Institute of Development Studies [University of Sussex], Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the World Bank). It was also reviewed by a high-level panel of experts.

Additionally, this second edition 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.

The manual is available in ArabicEnglishFrench and Spanish to facilitate its use in all regions where IFAD has operations.


Related documents

Corporate-level evaluation brief

May 2016
Corporate-level evaluations (CLEs) are conducted to assess the results of IFAD-wide corporate policies, strategies, business processes and organizational aspects. They are expected to generate findings and recommendations that can be used for the formulation of new and more effective corporate policies and strategies. Objectives for CLEs would generally include three aspects: assessing performance and results; generating lessons and identifying areas of improvement; and proposing recommendations. 
LANGUAGES: English, French

Evaluation synthesis brief

May 2016
Evaluation synthesis reports (ESRs) are prepared primarily to promote learning and collective reflection, with a view to improving IFAD’s development effectiveness. ESRs are knowledge products and a means to consolidate and share acquired knowledge and strengthen IFAD’s evaluation feedback and learning loops. Synthesizing existing evaluation evidence allows ESRs to contribute to decision-making processes in an effective way, especially when there is neither adequate time nor resources to undertake a full-fledged evaluation.
LANGUAGES: English, French

Impact evaluations brief

May 2016
The main objectives of an impact evaluation are to: • Assess impact of IFAD operations in a quantitative manner and be able to attribute impact to operations funded by IFAD, while also paying due attention to qualitative aspects that form the critical pillars of IFAD’s development approach; apply and test innovative evaluation methodologies and processes; and generate valuable evidence for other evaluations done by IOE, such as country strategy and programme evaluations, corporate-level evaluations and evaluation synthesis reports. 
LANGUAGES: English, French

Project performance evaluations brief

May 2016
Project performance evaluations (PPEs) are generally based on the project completion report validation and additional information and data collection by IOE at the country level through a short mission. PPEs focus on identifying the proximate causes of good or less good performance and contain recommendations addressed to IFAD Management and the concerned governments. 
LANGUAGES: English, French

Country strategy and programme evaluation brief

May 2016
The main objectives of the country strategy and programme evaluations (CSPEs) conducted by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD are to: assess the results and performance of the IFAD-financed strategy and programme in a given country; and generate findings and recommendations for the future partnership between IFAD and the concerned country for enhanced development effectiveness and rural poverty eradication.  

2015 Evaluation manual, second edition

February 2016
The Evaluation Manual’s primary function is to guide staff and consultants engaged in evaluation work at the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE). It also serves as a reference document for other IFAD staff and development partners (such as project management staff and executing agencies of IFAD-supported operations), especially in recipient countries, on how evaluation of development programmes in the agriculture and rural development sector is conducted in IFAD. The revision of this Manual was undertaken in recognition of the dynamic environment in which IFAD operates, and in response to the evolution in the approaches and methodologies of international development evaluation. It will help ensure that IFAD’s methodological practice remains state of the art. It may be read in conjunction with the Evaluation Process Guidelines.