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Monitoring & Evaluation

GDN systematically assesses the progress of its work to build a world in which evidence and scholarly knowledge inform and inspire development and policy decisions. Priority areas of measurement often 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
  • grantees’ effectiveness in national and international policy arenas.

Over the past years, GDN has commissioned regular internal and external evaluations to assess outcomes and short and long-term impacts of its activities and these have informed 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.


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
  • be consistent with GDN’s monitoring framework and build upon existing monitoring methodologies.

GDN has a policy of maximum disclosure of information to independent evaluators, and also applies a full transparency policy with regard to evaluation results.

Independent Evaluations

2013 External Evaluation Report

2007 External Evaluation Report

2004 External Evaluation Report

Program Evaluations

2019 Strengthening the Research Capacity of Relatively Small Countries in Latin America to Promote Better Informed Policymaking

2018 GDN Impact Report Global Development Awards Competition

2017 Final Evaluation Report: Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries

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 Evaluations

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

For further information contact Ramona Angelescu Naqvi on rangelescu@gdn.int

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