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European Commission Joint Evaluation Unit common to EuropeAid, Relex and Development. Methodology for Evaluation of Budget support operations at Country level Conceptual and Methodological Note. CURRENT SITUATION. EXISTING BUDGET SUPPORT EVALUATIONS 2004 Tanzania
European CommissionJoint Evaluation Unit common to EuropeAid, Relex and Development
Methodology for Evaluation
of Budget support operations
at Country levelConceptual and Methodological Note
EXISTING BUDGET SUPPORT EVALUATIONS
2006 Joint Evaluation of 7 countries
from 1994 to 2004 budget support
Evaluations addressing mainly THE PROCESS
And not enough the CHAIN OF RESULTS
the Budget Support Evaluation
A Three components approach methodology combining
Focused on the main topics of the budget support
EVALUATION OF THE BUDGET SUPPORT
Overview of the national context and its evolution
Entry conditions for budget support
Volume of funds, policy dialogue and conditionalities, technical assistance and capacity building, harmonisation and alignment
Assessment of the inputs provided by the budget support
Assessment of the direct outputs of the budget support
Effects of the identified inputs including effects on transaction costs
Assessment of the induced outputs and the corresponding government actions
Changes that budget support has induced in comparison to what was expected
ASSESSMENT OF IMPACTS AND OUTCOMES
Review of the impacts of the government strategy:
specifically those related to the budget support deliverables
Identification of the factors that have contributed to the key changes
Identification of the factors external to the government strategy which could have had an impact on the mentioned changes
Identification of the outputs of the government strategy which appear to have been of greatest importance in generating change at outcomes level
ASSESSMENT OF THE INFLUENCE OF BUDGET SUPPORT
« INTEGRATION AND CONSISTENCIES BETWEEN
COMPONENTS 1 & 2 »
Comparison of the results of component 1 and component 2
If consistencies: indicate causal links showing positive conclusion for budget support
If no consistency: find a possible explanation
THE LEAD OF THE EVALUATION
THE CONSISTENCY, HARMONISATION AND DISSEMINATION ISSUES
THE CAPACITY BUILDING ISSUEHOW TO MANAGE ANDIMPLEMENT THIS EVALUATION?CHALLENGES AND PROPOSALS
Are the donors the only stakeholders?
All donors, the government and other main stakeholders involved in the budget support evaluated should be part of the evaluation.
The evaluation of budget support operation in a designed country should be part of a multi-donor evaluation programme.STAKEHOLDERS
From where will the evaluation be managed?
One of the main donors in the country should be chosen by the other donors to take the lead and consequently for contracting with the evaluators. Special arrangements should be set up to involve representatives in the country.EVALUATION LEAD
To ensure consistency, the headquarter Evaluation Service of the lead donor should be responsible for the evaluation methodology and quality assurance. Each donor can have dedicated persons in his Evaluation Service to go into the countries where the evaluation takes place, at crucial moments.
A network of donors should be set up to ensure harmonisation and dissemination.CONSISTENCY, HARMONISATION AND DISSEMINATION ISSUES
Make sure that few consultants are immediately operational and have been already trained in existing trainings:
Train the identified people within the Evaluation services of the Member States, some external independent consultants and the main governmental stakeholders of the recipient countries.CAPACITY BUILDING