Assessment and Evaluation

Strategic Evaluation of organisation Human Rights-based Approach


Austrian Development Cooperation




2020 - 2021

IOD PARC undertook the strategic evaluation of Austrian Development Cooperation’s (ADC) human rights-based approach (HRBA) between July 2020 and February 2021. The evaluation focused on a five-year period 2016–2020. The evaluation aimed to assess the timeliness and adequacy of ADC’s HRBA through the criteria of relevance and coherence on three levels: human rights as a principle; promotion and protection of human rights as an intervention area; and human rights as a component of political dialogue. The evaluation further provided insights into how ADC’s HRBA and mainstreaming of gender equality are combined into a complementary framework; and how the HRBA is integrated in the planning and implementation of strategic evaluations. The evaluation used a mixed-methods, non-experimental approach.

Over 130 individuals participated in the evaluation through semi-structured key informant interviews and focus group discussions and through a (mixed qualitative and quantitative) survey. A qualitative document review was carried out for key documents, and a (qualitative and quantitative) systematic content analysis was conducted on key documents for a sample of 32 projects in four of the priority countries, which were selected for in-depth inquiry in consultation with the Evaluation Reference Group (ERG): Ethiopia, Kosovo, Palestinian Territories, and Uganda. The evaluation team produced a final report containing key findings, conclusions and medium to long-term recommendations as well as good practice examples within ADC.

ADC HRBA Evaluation Report: to be published.