Evaluation and research are vital to our effectiveness and understanding of development issues.

Evaluation programme

New female police officers graduating from training, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
New female police officers graduating from training, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea 

Evaluation provides independent evidence to examine the results and impact of our aid investment. Evaluations identify what works, what doesn’t work and why. They assess the distinctive contribution of the New Zealand Aid Programme to the generation of results. They help us improve our development policy and practice and ensure we're working in effective and efficient ways. Synthesis reports of evaluations examine lessons and the quality of evaluation work across a range of activity evaluations.

Our strategic evaluation work programme delivers in-depth, independent evaluations of sectors, themes, programmes and issues to support the New Zealand Aid Programme's strategy, policy development and high-level operational decision-making. Strategic evaluations completed in the last three years have addressed policing, fisheries and tax revenue reform in the Pacific. We also evaluate individual activities to inform decision-making at that level and build a wider evidence base.

Evaluations are carried out by external evaluators. They complement our internal monitoring and review processes.

See our evaluation reports

Research programme

The New Zealand Aid Programme has a small applied research programme. The research we commission helps to inform investment choices and guides our approach.

We also support post-graduate research field work in developing countries.