Combining methodological rigour and clarity of the evaluation process, the working practice of the Evaluation Unit adopts the OECD-DAC internationally agreed principles for the evaluation of development initiatives, i.e. relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact.

Assessments are conducted using quasi-experimental and non- experimental methodologies. In order to understand the level of success of development initiatives, the evaluation method makes use of the Project Cycle Management and of its main tool, the Logical Framework, as well of other techniques, such as the Theory of Change.

The methodology used by the Evaluation Unit aims to support the learning process of their clients in understanding projects’ strengths and weaknesses, in order to identify lessons learned and best practice of their interventions. This process is particularly useful for donors and organizations that want to answer more adequately to the challenges of complex contexts and to undertake a process of reflection on their work as a tool to improve their future strategies of intervention.