INVITATION: Building the Evidence to Reduce Poverty – launch of the public consultation on DFID’s new Evaluation Policy

Date: Tuesday 9th December, 2.30pm
Venue: Department for International Development, Room 3W11, 1 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5HE

Chair: Sue Owen, Director General of Corporate Performance, DFID. With presentations from David Peretz, Chair of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact; Nick York, Head of Evaluation Department, DFID

RSVP Kirsty Burns, Evaluation Department, Venue:, 01355 84 3602, by Friday 5th December 2008

Background notes

Development is about achieving results that make a difference for the poor in their daily lives.
Evaluation is a key instrument both to inform decision makers and to hold DFID to account for its choices and actions.

The Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact (IACDI) was established in December 2007, with members selected for their international development and evaluation expertise. Its formation was an important step forward towards strengthening evaluation for DFID. It demonstrated that the UK Government is committed to independent, open, and transparent scrutiny of its development assistance.

The new policy comes at the end of the first year of IACDI’s oversight of DFID’s evaluation work.
It is vital that we also draw on the views of our delivery partners across the world, and this is why the draft policy, along with a proposed list of topics to focus evaluation on over the next three years, is being put out for public consultation.

This event marks the launch of the external consultation process, which will be open for 12 weeks. DFID will launch its final policy in March.

You and your organisation are invited to take part in the consultation process, beginning with this event. There you will have an opportunity to put questions to David Peretz, the Chair of the Independent Advisory Committee on Development Impact, as well as Sue Owen, DFID’s Director General for Corporate Performance and Nick York, DFID’s Head of Evaluation.

Please let us know promptly if you plan to attend or if a colleague will attend in your place. Names need to be provided to DFID security staff to ensure admission.

Further details will then be sent to those joining the event closer to the time.

3 thoughts on “INVITATION: Building the Evidence to Reduce Poverty – launch of the public consultation on DFID’s new Evaluation Policy”


    Dear Rick

    I got this and said I would like to attend, but was informed just now by Diana Dalton in the Eval Unit mthat it is in a small room and there is no space! (See separate email)

    Are you in a position to make the revolutionary suggestion that they move this meeting to a bigger room? What is the point of advertising a public consultation if there is in fact no space for the public!

  2. I received the following email today (Dec 2nd):

    from: Kirsty Burns (
    date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 3:23 PM
    subject: FW: Launch Event of the Public Consultation Process on a new DFID Evaluation Policy.


    REMINDER – If you wish to attend the Public Consultation Process on DFID’s New Evaluation Policy or wish for someone to attend on your behalf please can I have names by the end of the week.

    Names are needed for passes to be issued.



  3. I have since received the following useful clarification:
    from Diana Dalton (
    date Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 4:32 PM
    subject RE:Launch Event of the Public Consultation Process on a new DFID Evaluation Policy.

    My apologies for the confusion.

    This is a launch event to kick start the external consultation process and explain why a new policy is under development and give a brief introduction to what’s contained within it – not a public consultation event as such. It is only an hour and a half long, so there wouldn’t be enough time for really thorough discussion. David Peretz will also be offering his views on DFID evaluation as the Chair of IACDI.

    We really are limited on space – we have booked the largest room available in DFID but it still doesn’t hold more than around 60 people, so we have had to limit the number of invitations sent out which has resulted us having to say no to people who weren’t on that original list. If they are replacing an invitee from the same organisation, we have been able to accommodate this.

    We’re expecting most people to contribute their views mainly by e mail and the public consultation will official go live on 9th December, when everything will be put on DFID’s website and publicised through numerous evaluation networks.



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