Independent Evaluation 2015
Five years after the start of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation (hereafter referred to as the Cooperation) an independent evaluation of this initiative was launched. The evaluation was meant to serve as an evidence base to inform and improve the future design of the Cooperation and the decision-making process related to it.
ECORYS, a consulting company based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was responsible for the implementation of the evaluation. Given the relatively short duration of the Cooperation (5 years), the evaluation had a strong focus on learning. The methodological approach of the evaluation consisted of desk study, in-country research in four countries, and interviews and a survey with stakeholders.
The evaluation concluded that the Cooperation is relevant as SAIs in developing countries have an important role to play and their capacities need further enhancement. While it is still too early for firm conclusions regarding the overall effectiveness of the Cooperation, there is evidence of positive changes in behavior both among SAIs and donors; there is more demand-driven support based on strategic plans, better coordination among donors, and better use of peer-to-peer support. However, there is also room for improvement: donors can better coordinate their support and policy dialogue and improve their internal communications, and SAIs can pay more attention to complementarity of support and better linking of various types of support.
The approved final evaluation report (attached below) was presented as an input for discussion and decision-making at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation held in October 2015 in Brasilia.