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Office of Development Effectiveness

Strengthening the effectiveness of Australia's aid program

The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade builds stronger evidence for more effective aid. ODE monitors the performance of the Australian aid program, evaluates its impact and contributes to international evidence and debate about aid and development effectiveness.

ODE releases ‘Smart Economics’ evaluation of women’s aid

ODE has released its ‘Smart Economics’ evaluation, which assesses the effectiveness of Australia’s policies and programming to promote women’s economic development. It finds that whilst Australia’s policies to promote women’s economic empowerment are sound, implementation approaches are generally weak. It makes four key recommendations to improve the effectiveness of women’s economic aid programs.

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August 2014 edition of ODE Updates online now

ODE Updates you on Australia’s new development policy and our latest published evaluations-Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa crisis, two reviews of operational evaluations and Australia’s aid to Timor-Leste. We also report on two popular seminars ODE co-hosted with BetterEvaluation on presenting data effectively.

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DFAT’s operational evaluation projects listed

ODE is making information about DFAT’s operational evaluations easier to access, listing details of 39 current and recent DFAT operational evaluations on our website. Five good-practice evaluation products are also featured, and the Operational Evaluations section plans to establish a regularly-updated operational evaluations index.

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Independent Evaluation Committee Communiqué

The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) has released a communiqué outlining the outcomes of its meeting on 26 June 2014.

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ODE releases an evaluation of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa Humanitarian crisis, 2011

ODE has released its evaluation of Australia’s response to the Horn of Africa Humanitarian crisis, 2011. The evaluation assessed the effectiveness of Australia’s response and identifies how to improve Australian humanitarian assistance.

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ODE releases two reviews of operational evaluations of Australian aid

ODE has released two reports on evaluations commissioned by DFAT’s aid program areas and completed in 2012. Quality of Australian aid operational evaluations assesses the quality of 87 evaluation reports and considers their utility. Learning from Australian aid operational evaluations synthesises the key, recurring lessons of the 64 evaluation reports assessed as credible.

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