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About ODE

The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) assesses DFAT's internal performance management systems, evaluates the performance of the Australian aid program and contributes to evidence and debate about aid effectiveness.

Robust monitoring and evaluation plays a vital role in ensuring Australia has a high quality aid program. Monitoring and evaluations provide evidence to underpin our aid spend and support an organisational culture focused on innovation and continuous learning. Importantly, ODE’s work assists DFAT to meet accountability obligations under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act.
ODE's three main functions are to:

  • monitor the quality of DFAT's performance assessment system
  • commission and undertake major evaluations
  • support evaluations undertaken by DFAT program areas

Development and Implementation of DFATs evaluation policy

ODE developed the DFAT Aid Evaluation Policy to increase the quality, transparency and relevance of aid evaluations conducted by DFAT.
In developing the policy ODE drew on the Review of Operational Evaluations. ODE also examined the evaluation systems of other development partners including the UK, the USA and the World Bank. The policy was considered by the Independent Evaluation Committee and approved by the DFAT Executive.

Per the policy, ODE asks program areas to nominate evaluations to be completed in the following year and confirms that the coverage provided by these evaluations is appropriate. ODE compiles an annual aid evaluation plan, which includes nominated evaluations and ODE's evaluations. ODE reports to the Secretary and the IEC on the completion and publication of evaluations on the plan.

Independent Evaluation Committee

The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) is an external, advisory body to strengthen the quality, credibility and independence of ODE's work program. The IEC endorses ODE’s work plan and supports ODE to produce sound, relevant and influential evaluations and reports.

While the IEC helps to ensure ODE's independence, ODE's position within DFAT provides it with direct access to aid management systems and staff. This puts ODE in a good position to understand and influence the work of the Department.

The IEC has independent members along with a DFAT Deputy Secretary. Together they contribute extensive development expertise, evaluation knowledge and high-level public and private sector experience. External members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The IEC meets three or four times a year as required. Communiqués outline the key outcomes of meetings.


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