The third DRC MEL Minimum Operational Procedure states that: DRC projects, which meet the thresholds outlined in the DRC evaluation policy, are evaluated and the evaluation findings are incorporated in decisions on programme strategy and design. In order to comply with this MELMOP you need to ensure that four measures are taken:
- Each DRC operation is to plan, budget for and conduct one evaluation per year. In addition, if no donor requirements are given, when projects (single grants) are larger than 2.000.000 USD and have a duration of more than 12 months, an external evaluation is to be conducted. For Corporate Emergencies a Response Review is conducted.
- Register planned evaluations with OPSU
- Develop Evaluation ToR using the DRC guideline
- Ensure that a management response and action plan is developed to follow up on recommendations
In the Evaluation Library you will find all the documents you need to refer to in order to carry out the four measures above. These documents are placed under Relevant DRC MEL Programme Handbook Documents. Of particular relevance is the Evaluation Policy, which is mandatory reading for M&E staff. For emergency staff the Guideline on Real Time Reviews is also relevant. Under the remaining headings you will find additional relevant information on good practice when conducting evaluations.
Additionally to the documents you find in this library we encourage you to acquaint yourself with ALNAP’s Guide on Evaluating Humanitarian Action (EHA). You can find the guide on ALNAP’s webpage. ALNAP also offers an e-learning module on the EHA guide, which is free of charge and can be found at mymande.org.
The M&E Unit is developing a depository for all DRC evaluation reports at drc.dk. This will be developed during 2015. However, in addition to registering your evaluation with OPSU do send in your evaluation reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Relevant DRC MEL Programme Handbook Documents
DRC Management Response Template.
An example of a DRC Evaluation ToR which can be used for inspiration.
The DRC Evaluation Terms of Reference Guideline should be used when developing Terms of Reference for external or internal evaluations or Real Time Reviews.
Short version of DRC Operational Principles.
DRC Real Time Reviews follow a specific process. The guide gives you a quick overview of how to do a Real Time Review using the DRC Approach.
DRC Evaluation Policy
A one page overview of the DRC Minimum Operational Procedures for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. The page clarifies actions and responsibilities in relation to the MELMOPs.
Planning and Reporting
Example of a Real Time Review budget.
A DRC Guidance note on how to write a donor report based on your M&E data.
This form can help you organise feedback on your evaluation report.
Logical Frameworks and Indicator Guidance
Utilization-Focused Evaluation begins with the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use. This checklist can support you in how to plan for the use of your evaluation findings.
Principles and checklist for assessing the quality of your evaluation report and the evidence presented in it.
Three Universal Evaluation Questions.
OECD DAC guideline on quality standards for conducting evaluations, with a focus on development programmes.
UNEG guideline on ethical considerations in regards to the evaluation process.
An ALNAP guide for humanitarian agencies in using the OECD DAC criteria for evaluating humanitarian action.
This UNEQ quality checklist for evaluation Terms of Reference serves as a good guideline for the design and conduct of evaluations.
DRC Tools, Methods and Data Collection Guidance
An introduction to impact evaluation and comments on the relevance to DRC.
The After Action Review is useful for reflecting upon a project during and after its completion. Sharing the results from your AAR can help future teams learn your successful strategies and avoid pitfalls you have worked to overcome.
This guide is written for field staff carrying out assessments in the early days and weeks following a disaster. It is especially aimed at national project managers and their teams.
The purpose of this synthesis paper is to produce a short practically oriented report that summarises the literature on Evaluability Assessments, and highlights the main issues for consideration in planning an Evaluability Assessment. The paper was commissioned by the Evaluation Department of the UK Department forInternational Development(DFID) but intended for use both within and beyond DFID.
World Bank Institute guide on evaluating capacity development.
An interesting approach to impact and outcome evaluation making use of program theory as the starting point for the evaluation.
The real‐time evaluation (RTE) approach has been applied in humanitarian assistance for two decades. Its spread seems to be as much a result of entrepreneurial evaluators who aim to demonstrate expertise to potential clients as it is a response to actual demand for immediate feedback of results to decision makers.