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General Budget Support Evaluability Study Phase 1 Synthesis Report

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Written by David Booth

Each year the Department for International Development (DFID) commissions, through its Evaluation Department, a number of independent evaluation studies. The purpose of DFID’s evaluation programme is to examine rigorously the design, implementation and impact of selected policies, programmes and projects, and to record and share the lessons learned from them so that these can be applied to current and future policies and operations.

DFID’s Evaluation Department (EvD) is independent of DFID’s spending divisions and reports directly to DFID’s Director General (Knowledge Sharing). This report represents the views of its authors, a joint team of consultants from Oxford Policy Management and the Overseas Development Institute.

This is an Evaluability Study which develops an Evaluation Framework for General Budget Support drawing on case study materials from Uganda, Mozambique and the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. As such, it is not a rigorous evaluation and the case studies provide only early indications of lessons learned. The report has been widely discussed under the OECD DAC Evaluation Network and the framework itself has been further refined as a result of this. The final version is being used for a joint global formative evaluation of General Budget Support. DFID leads this process which is due to report in late 2005. The final version of the framework is being published by DFID on behalf of the 20 donors participating in the joint evaluation as DFID (2004) Joint Evaluation of General Budget Support: Evaluation Framework for country level case studies.

The valuable detail of the 3 case studies conducted during the Evaluability Study and the way this experience has influenced the design of the Evaluation Framework is captured in 2 volumes. The first is a syntheses pulling together the framework and including the detailed findings from Uganda. The second details the findings from Mozambique and Andhra Pradesh. We are very grateful to the participation of partner Governments in Uganda, Mozambique and Andhra Pradesh, without whose assistance these studies would not have been possible.

Andrew Lawson, David Booth, Alan Harding, David Hoole & Felix Naschold