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DFID Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15: Results Technical Notes

Please see below for some important points to note in relation to the level 2 results data.



Data sources

  • the information on results is collected from DFID country offices, central DFID departments and multilateral institutions. The data is collected from a variety of sources, such as representative sample surveys of households, management information systems held by our partner country governments and individual project data generated from routine project monitoring by our partners


  • total results achieved since baseline up to 2014–15 are presented. Baselines were set in March 2011 and may vary across country and indicator reflecting the latest data available at the time. The results are disaggregated by sex where relevant, subject to data availability
  • the results estimates are either cumulative indicators or peak year indicators:
    • cumulative indicators take the sum of the results achieved across the various years to measure performance
    • peak year indicators aggregate results for each programme in the particular year for which the programme achieved the greatest results. This ensures we measure the number of unique individuals reached and avoids any double counting
  • DFID results greater than 10,000 have been rounded down to the nearest 10,000 and results between 1,000 and 10,000 have been rounded down to the nearest 1,000
  • sex disaggregated results may not sum to the total due to rounding
  • multilateral results are rounded down to the nearest thousand except in cases where the multilateral institution uses a different rounding practice


  • the results presented as part of the 2014–15 Annual Report represent the latest data available, and generally represent results as at end March 2015 (unless otherwise specified)
  • there are time lags associated with obtaining confirmed results figures in many countries, and some results delivered during 2014-15 have yet to be confirmed and/or fully available. Therefore, the results reported here may not represent all results achieved up to March 2015
  • when results estimates are published, they are updated to take account of any further information which has become available for earlier years


  • given the range of data sources used, the accuracy of the results data varies and is subject to the quality of the underlying data source. In many cases DFID uses data collected by others (e.g. partner country governments, international organisations) and therefore DFID has limited control over the quality of the data
  • statistics Advisers in DFID under take quality assurance of the results data and attempt to minimise the source of any errors although there is a risk that errors may still exist. The types of errors which DFID attempts to minimise include:
    • double counting – identifying unique beneficiaries and avoiding duplication in reporting between programmes
    • attribution – measuring the results which can be associated with DFID interventions/funding
  • coverage: to ensure the results are representative there is sometimes a need to overcome challenges in collecting data such as security challenges. This can sometimes jeopardise the completeness and the accuracy of the results estimates

Coherence and Comparability

  • DFID has developed and published methodological guidance on each indicator to help ensure consistency of measurement across countries and permit meaningful aggregation of results
  • where possible, indicators use internationally agreed definitions as outlined in the methodology notes

Further information

  • for information on the methodology for measuring the results indicators, details of the data sources used and information on the quality of the estimates, please see the indicator methodology notes
  • for a breakdown of results by sector, country, sex and over time, please see the Annual Report results datasets

Multilateral organisations

The table below shows the abbreviations and full names of the multilateral organisations which contribute to the multilateral results indicators under level 2 of the DRF. The results source for each organisation is also shown.

Abbreviation Full name Source
AfDB African Development Bank AfDB Annual Development Effectiveness Review 2014
AsDB Asian Development Bank AsDB 2014 Development Effectiveness Review
CDB Caribbean Development Bank Caribbean Development Bank: Development Effectiveness Review 2014
ECHO European Union budget, Development and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection departments of the European Commission ECHO internal database
GAVI Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation GAVI Alliance mission and strategic goal indicators
GFATM Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 2014 Global Fund programmatic results
GPE Global Partnership for Education GPE Grant Portfolio Review Report 2014
IADB Inter-American Development Bank IADB Development Effectiveness Overview 2014
ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC Annual Report 2013
IDA International Development Assistance The World Bank Corporate Scorecard
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development 2014 Report on IFAD’s Development Effectiveness (RIDE)
IFC International Finance Corporation IFC Annual Report 2014
IOM International Organisation for Migration IOM Annual Report 2013
PIDG Private Infrastructure Development Group Results from internal post-completion monitoring database
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO internal database
UNFPA United Nations Population Fund UNFPA (internal) donor support database
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR Global Report 2014
UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund Annual Report of the Executive Director 2015
UNITAID United Nations International Drug Purchasing Facility UNITAID key performance indicators 2013
WFP World Food Programme Annual Performance Report for 2013