Independent Evaluation

2013 External Evaluation Report

2007 External Evaluation Report

2004 External Evaluation Report

Project Evaluation

2016 Evaluation of Research Program: Natural Resource Management - Natural Wealth Accounting

2015 Research Project: Macroeconomic Volatility and Regional Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific

2015 Evaluation of GRP on Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agriculture Policy in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

2015 Evaluation of RRC on Financial inclusion and Microfinance in Latin American and Caribbean Nations

2014 Evaluation of GRP Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus


2013 GRP Strengthening Institutions to Improve Public Expenditure Accountability Evaluation Report

2013 Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery

2003 GRP Explaining Growth Assessment Report

2002 RRC Evaluation Report

Internal Evaluation

2006 Internal Evaluation Report

2004 Internal Evaluation Report

Conference Evaluations

2015 Casablanca Conference Evaluation Report

2013 Manila Conference Evaluation Report

2012 Budapest Conference Evaluation Report

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Through integrated and comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), GDN systematically, assesses the progress of building a critical mass of accomplished, renowned and globally interconnected economists and social scientists in the developing and transition countries.

Over the past years, GDN has commissioned regular internal and external evaluations to assess outcomes and short and long-term impacts of its activities such as the Global Research Projects, Regional Research Competitions and the GDN Annual Global Development Conferences. The evaluations have measured the impact and gauged the effectiveness of GDN's capacity building activities in generating, sharing and applying knowledge. The assessment of GDN's performance, carried out in addition to ongoing monitoring, informs GDN's strategic decisions going forward.

Aims and Objectives

GDN aims to realize measurable impacts in the professional development of young social science researchers in developing and emerging economies through their participation in a structured set of GDN activities. Priority areas of measurement include:

  • Improvements in the technical strength and policy relevance of the research conducted;
  • The density of the grantees’ professional, especially, international networks;
  • The extent of grantees’ participation and visibility in their professional communities; and
  • Grantees’ effectiveness in national and international policy arenas.

GDN uses an M&E structure informed by the Logical Framework Approach, which provides the conceptual basis for measuring the outputs, outcomes and impact of GDN’s interventions in meeting its core objectives. Monitoring at GDN focuses on both processes and outcomes:

  • Immediate and intermediate outcomes of GDN grantees and GDN Fellows;
  • Immediate and intermediate impact of GDN activities in key result areas; and
  • Interventions employed by GDN to encourage change and decision-making strategies to remain effective and relevant.

GDN monitors change in a grantee over time, as a result of GDN’s activities and also employs treatment and control groups (grantees and non-grantees) to evaluate the full impact of GDN interventions. The internal M&E function has developed specific performance monitoring procedures outlining both qualitative and quantitative data collection tools to capture improvements in research capacity over time. This includes, but is not limited to – ex-ante and ex-post survey of grantees in each phase of the program and longitudinal analysis of Fellows throughout the different phases of the program. It also consists of comparisons of the quality of research proposals (baseline) and post quality review of research papers (grant output); surveys, interviews and focus groups of grantees/Fellows; and case studies, lessons learnt and best practices.


Evaluation is a tool for both organizational learning and public accountability, and as such, is a factor of critical importance in ensuring the success of GDN’s research program. As mandated by donors, comprehensive independent evaluations of projects and interventions are commissioned by GDN and conducted by third parties to assess the achievement of GDN’s mission and objectives. They particularly aim to:

  • Produce relevant, useful and action-oriented findings;
  • Engage several target groups and relevant stakeholders to promote wide acceptance and utilization of evaluation results; and
  • Be consistent with GDN’s monitoring framework and build upon existing monitoring methodologies.

GDN discloses maximum information to independent evaluators and applies a full transparency policy with regard to evaluation results.

For further information contact Ramona Angelescu-Naqvi, Head of Programs

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