IOE evaluates IFAD-funded policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. In identifying key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD's knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.
IOE's evaluation is based on the Evaluation Policy and a coherent set of evaluation methods and processes, documented in the Evaluation Manual, which aims to ensure consistency, rigour and transparency across independent evaluations with the view to enhance IOE's effectiveness and the quality of its work. First issued in 2009, the Manual was revised and republished in December 2015.
The Office's annual work programme and budget is presented directly to the Executive Board twice for review and approval In December 2015, IOE published, The Evolution of the Independent Evaluation Function at IFAD, which traces the history of IFAD's evaluation function since 1978, summarizing some of its major contributions to improving accountability and learning for better performance. Also visit and subscribe to IOE's YouTube channel and Twitter account