Mid-term Evaluation of the 'European Union Support to Democratic Governance (EU-SDGN)' Programme and Formulation of Phase II of the EU-SDGN Programme
2.1 Objectives of the evaluation
Systematic and timely evaluation of its programmes and activities is an established priority2 of the
European Commission3. The focus of evaluations is on the assessment of achievements, the
quality and the results4 of Interventions in the context of an evolving cooperation policy with an
increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches and the contribution towards the
implementation of the SDGs.5
From this perspective, evaluations should look for evidence of why, whether or how these results
are linked to the EU intervention and seek to identify the factors driving or hindering progress.
Evaluations should provide an understanding of the cause and effect links among: inputs and
activities, and outputs, outcomes and impacts. Evaluations should serve accountability, decision
making, learning and management purposes.
The main objectives of this evaluation are to provide the relevant services of the European Union,
the interested stakeholders and the wider public with:
? an overall independent assessment of the performance of the EU Support to Democratic
Governance Programme, paying particular attention to its intermediate results measured
against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results; by reviewing
the results achieved against objectives, the project impact (overall and per beneficiary) and
the project impact on horizontal aspects such as human resource management, training,
strategic planning, internal control and leadership.
To this end, the evaluation mission will reflect on the state of completion of the
programme, assess its relevance in relation to the desired impact,
? Key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve
current and future Actions.
? The evaluation will also assess the effectiveness of the modality of implementation of the
action, and provide recommendation on the modality to adopt for future actions.
In particular, this evaluation will serve as a useful tool in gaining a better understanding of the
performance of the action, its enabling factors and those hampering proper delivery of results in
order to adjust its design or implementing modalities and to inform threats and opportunities for
project delivery for future interventions.
2.2 Requested services
2.2.1 Scope of the evaluation
The EU SDGN programme currently has thirteen individual projects with different implementing
partners across 5 components. These projects have their specific project documents and log
frames that guide their implementation, but work in thematic clusters with regular monthly
meetings organised to discuss work plans and collaboration. An integrated log frame of the
programme has also been developed.
As the thirteen projects contribute to a programme, it will be useful to know how these individual
projects have contributed to the overall programme objective, as well as to determine the
strength and weaknesses of the individual projects and how this impacts the overall quality of
The evaluation will assess the Action using the six standard DAC evaluation criteria, namely:
relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and early signs of impact. In
addition, the evaluation will assess one EU specific evaluation criterion, which is:
? the EU added value (the extent to which the Action brings additional benefits to what
would have resulted from Member States' interventions only);
The definition of the 6 DAC + 1 EU evaluation criteria is contained for reference in the Annex VII.
The evaluation team shall furthermore consider whether gender, environment and climate
change were mainstreamed; the relevant SDGs and their interlinkages were identified; the
principle of Leave No-One Behind and the rights-based approach methodology was followed in
the identification/formulation documents and the extent to which they have been reflected in
the implementation of the Action, its governance and monitoring