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DFID Pakistan evaluation strategy

This strategy sets out how DFID Pakistan will put evaluation at the heart of its portfolio development.

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Pakistan is off-track on most of the Millennium Development Goals and, following the bilateral aid review, could become the largest recipient of UK aid by 2015. Reflecting the complexity and importance of the country, the potential scale of investment as well as the level of innovation in the DFID Pakistan (DFID P) programme pipeline, we will:

  • set the ambitious goal of evaluating 50% of our programmes, covering 75% of our spend; all of these evaluations will be started by 2015, with several completed by then
  • use the criteria set out in this strategy to determine which programmes to evaluate
  • integrate the principles of gender sensitivity, statebuilding/peacebuilding and making markets work for the poor in the design of these evaluations
  • begin three evaluations in 2011 of large DFID P investments: the Punjab Economic Opportunities Programme, the Improve Citizens Engagement through Devolution programme (ICED) and the Floods response programme; this implements the evaluation commitment set out in the DFID P Operational Plan
  • embed evaluation more widely across the office and at every stage of the project cycle: from design to completion
  • share the lessons learnt from these evaluations across the global DFID network, government counterparts and donor partners; we will use these lessons to inform future decisions, including on the DFID P programme pipeline
  • build evaluation capacity across the DFID P team, with a particular focus on developing Staff-Appointed In-Country (SAIC) skills
  • adhere to Development Assistance Committee (DAC) standards across all of our work on evaluation