Evaluation function at ICIMOD serves both learning and accountability purposes for various stakeholders and donors. Impact pathways developed for each regional programme and initiative will be the main basis for evaluating ICIMOD programmes. At the institutional level, both internal and external mid-term, terminal evaluations and external quinquennial reviews will be conducted based on the terms of reference approved by the Board of Governors (BoGs) and ICIMOD support group to assess the programmes in general and the centre’s overall performance in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. Principles, methods, and tools used for evaluation will be of international standard. Internal evaluations and impact studies will mainly focus on learning aspects from ICIMOD programmes and external evaluations will serve multiple purpose of independence, transparency, accountability as well as learning.
The evaluation’s credibility will be ensured independent expert evaluators and a transparent evaluation process. Each evaluation will accentuate both intended and unintended results and also positive and negative impacts such as external factors impacting the programmes, changes in basic policy environments, general economic and financial conditions. The evaluation carried out will fully reflect the different interests and needs of the many parties involved in development cooperation by including, but not limited to, the perspectives of gender, governance, economic analysis and poverty.
Programme evaluation is mandatory for all ICIMOD regional programmes and initiatives. All initiatives will undergo midterm and final evaluations given specific donor requirements.
Rigorous impact evaluation will be given highest priority. Various impact evaluation designs will be developed for initiatives given the nature of the mandate of the initiative. Randomised evaluation methodologies will be applied in sub-initiatives wherever appropriate given the population coverage of the initiative. Both experimental and non-experimental evaluation methodologies will be developed and applied. ICIMOD will seek partnership with international institutes like J-PAL and 3ie.