Types of evaluation

Institutions conduct evaluations to build their institutional knowledge base. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) makes a basic distinction between evaluations commissioned by its senior management for institutional and strategic purposes and evaluations of individual projects/programmes commissioned by its divisions or the Swiss cooperation offices abroad.

The most common types of SDC evaluations in brief: 

Project evaluations

Mid-term or end-term evaluations of a programme/project commissioned by SDC divisions or project managers abroad. 

Example: Skills for Jobs (S4J) in Albania 2018

Cooperation strategy evaluations 

Mid-term or end-term evaluations of a country or regional cooperation strategy commissioned by the SDC's senior management.

Example: Evaluation of SDC cooperation strategy for Afghanistan 2015–18  

Institutional evaluations

Cross-project evaluations examining the SDC or partner organisations, commissioned by the SDC's senior management.

Example: Independent Evaluation of the Linkage of Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation ('nexus') at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Thematic evaluations

Evaluation of a selection of development interventions, all of which address specific development priorities, commissioned by the SDC's senior management.

Example: Evaluation of SDC activities in the field of basic education 2007–14

Impact evaluations

Evaluations to establish the causal effect of an intervention on one or several outcomes, commissioned by the SDC's senior management. Impact evaluations examine the whole project cycle to show how and why interventions worked prior to scaling up.

Example: Impact evaluation of the PAEFE programme in Benin