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Sharing our evaluations is important to us.  All of our evaluation reports are publicly available in our evaluation inventory. You’ll find links to corporate, program, and project level evaluations.

Our organizational outcomes

Our strategic evaluations focus on the outcomes of our work as an organization. They look at cross-cutting issues about key results and IDRC programming modalities and include multiple reports done over several years.  We’ve completed strategic evaluations on:

We're currently working on a strategic evaluation on research excellence.

Our programs and projects

We conduct external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These are our primary accountability mechanism for the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. Managed by the Evaluation Unit, external program reviews provide IDRC's Board of Governors with an assessment of each program's performance, its research findings, and its outcomes.

IDRC programs also conduct evaluations on project clusters, organizations, issues, and modalities within their individual portfolios.

Program officers normally manage project evaluations. Not all projects are evaluated — the choice of what to evaluate is based on need (i.e., on the risk, priority, phase and size of the project). How to evaluate is based on the intended use and user(s).

Program-led and project evaluations are available in our evaluation inventory.

Results for Evaluation

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External Program Reviews (2012)

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...

Quality and Use of Rolling Project Completion Reports

In 2005, IDRC adopted the rolling Project Completion Report (rPCR), creating a cross-organization interactive process to elicit staff reflection, deepen learning about projects, and  fulfill an accountability function for the organization. Five...

The Influence of Research on Public Policy (2009)

IDRC in the Public Policy Process: A Strategic Evaluation of the Influence of Research on Public Policy This study aims to clarify and document what the Centre means by "policy influence"; to examine more systematically the extent to which...

External program reviews (2010)

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...

External program reviews (2009)

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...

Preparing for IDRC's Strategy 2010-2015

To prepare for the development of an IDRC corporate strategy for 2010-2015 we commissioned a review of five program evaluations to compare how programs performed in relation the commitments made in our previous corporate strategy. In examining...

Devolving Programs (2009)

Over the past two decades, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has established and subsequently devolved or closed 15 to 20 international secretariats and quasi-secretariats. As IDRC is pursuing the devolution of two program...

Evaluating IDRC’s role at major conferences, events

Over the past several years, IDRC has been involved in numerous large conferences either as a funder, advisor, organizer, initiator, participant, observer, or any combination of these roles. This strategic evaluation is the first effort to assess...

External program reviews (2008)

IDRC commissions external program reviews toward the end of each program cycle. These final evaluations are our primary accountability mechanism in terms of the results, effectiveness, and relevance of program spending. External program reviews aim...

Capacity Building (2008)

The evaluation aims to clarify what IDRC actually means by “building capacity,” then looks back at the organization’s real work to gage whether – in its own terms – it has succeeded in doing so. The strategic evaluation is made up of four phases...

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