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Independent Evaluation 2015

Five years after the start of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation (hereafter referred to as the Cooperation) an independent evaluation of theinitiative 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 (available 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.

 

Independent Evaluation 2018

This Review of the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation was commissioned by the INTOSAI-Development Initiative (IDI) on 20 April 2018 to the Swedish company Professional Management Arne & Barbro Svensson AB. The team for the Review consists of Dr. Tony Bennett (team leader), Mr. Arne Svensson (senior evaluator) and Ms. Lina Lenefors (internal quality assurance). The evaluation was conducted through desk study and interviews with internal and external stakeholders.

The review concluded that the INTOSAI-Donor Cooperation had fully complied with the commitments made by the INTOSAI-Donor Steering Committee following the 2015 evaluation, however it noted that there remained room for improvement.  A series of recommendations covering all activities of the Cooperation was provided. The full report can be accessed below.

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To learn lessons regarding the design and implementation of SAI capacity development initiatives, and improve the future evaluation of such initiatives, the INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat commissioned a synthesis of evaluations of SAI capacity development programs. The synthesis provides cross-country evidence on the fundamental importance of ownership of the beneficiary SAIs, alignment of the initiative’s design with broader PFM reforms, results frameworks including baseline data, and prior consideration of exit strategies to secure sustainable change. It further noted that the evaluation criteria of sustainability and impact were not addressed in most evaluations; that evaluations foreseen at the design phase of the project turned out to be of higher quality; and that the terms of reference for an evaluation were crucial to high quality evaluations.

The synthesis recommends further work to ensure evaluations are foreseen at the project planning stage and to make better use of performance measurement frameworks and completion of baseline assessments to improve the evaluability of future projects and strengthen lesson learning. The INTOSAI-Donor Secretariat will take forward these recommendations through the development of guidance on better evaluations of SAI capacity development programs, capturing the characteristics unique to the provision of capacity development support for SAIs.

The synthesis of evaluations