The DCED Standard is a practical seven-step framework for results measurement. It enables projects to monitor their progress towards their objectives and better measure changes, manage implementation, and demonstrate results.
This page provides resources for practitioners, to support implementation. Advice for donors is available in this guide for SDC staff. For information about training courses and workshops on the Standard, please refer to our events page.
The DCED Standard and evaluation
Many programmes commission external evaluations. These could benefit from the improved clarity and measurement that the DCED Standard requires, and can strengthen accountability and learning from the programme.
- The ILO’s Evaluation Office Guidance Notes 1.2 and 1.3 provide guidance on monitoring, reporting and evaluability of ILO programmes and projects, giving the DCED Standard as an example of good practice.
- The DCED’s Paper on Evaluation and the DCED Standard (2014) addresses questions such as: Why should evaluators be interested in monitoring systems? How can the DCED Standard support evaluations, and vice versa?
- In 2015, DFID and DCED held a workshop in London on Evaluation of PSD Programmes, with a number of consulting firms providing evaluation services. The Minutes document the issues arising, and include a sample agreement between DFID, Implementers and Evaluators.
- For a deeper review of evaluation methods in M4P programmes, which provides recommendations in line with the approach taken by the DCED Standard, read Itad’s Review of M4P Evaluation Methods and Approaches, 2013.
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