Synthesis Report of the Joint Scandinavian Evaluation of Support to Capacity Development

Over the past two years the three Scandinavian development cooperation agencies Danida, Norad and Sida have conducted a joint thematic evaluation of their support to capacity development (CD) in partner countries. In the previous two phases, the ‘Joint Scandinavian Evaluation of Support to Capacity Development’ produced a series of background studies and three parallel evaluations of the agencies’ portfolios of CD in public sector organisations. The parallel evaluations followed an approach grounded in a generic theory of change for support to CD developed in one of the background studies. The objectives of the joint evaluation were to (i) generate knowledge for a more evidence-based design of strategies for CD; and (ii) produce evidence of the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of the agencies’ support to CD. This report is the main output of the last phase of the joint evaluation, and presents a synthesis of the findings and conclusions of the Danida, Norad and Sida evaluation reports. In the light of other knowledge and experience, the synthesis also aimed at extracting learnings of relevance to the development community more widely.

Authors: Svend Erik Sørensen and Gonçalo Carneiro