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An evaluation is an assessment of the results and effectiveness of a project, programme or strategy. The work of SDC, including cooperation with its partners, is subject to systematic critical evaluation based on a predefined concept.

Evaluations foster institutional learning, support the decision-making of management bodies and at the same time provide accountability to political interests and the general public.

Questions addressed by an evaluation:

SDC’s evaluation programme aims to show transparently how SDC evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of its activities. It is reviewed at regular intervals; changes according to needs and the operational context are therefore permissible. SDC spends between 0.6% and 0.8% of its annual resources on evaluating its activities. This means that over a period of eight years, all the country programmes and about half of the thematic programmes are evaluated. In addition to these regular evaluations, other ad-hoc examinations are also carried out by bodies such as the Parliamentary Control of the Administration or the Swiss Federal Audit Office.

SDC makes a distinction between three categories of evaluations:

Evaluations since 2010
Since the beginning of 2010, all surveys of importance have been published on the Confederation’s external surveys portal.

Archives up to 2009
Evaluations carried out between 2002 and 2009 are archived on this sub-page

Ongoing evaluations
The following evaluations are currently under way:
Evaluation Thematic Networks in SDC
Report on Effectiveness of the Swiss International Cooperation in Climate Change


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