As a breakthrough fund created to transform the delivery of education in emergencies and protracted crises, evaluation is at the core of ECW's work to improve efficiency and accountability. 

ECW’s approach to evaluation is defined in the ECW Evaluation Policy, which describes the purposes, scope, methodologies, steps and timelines, deliverables, as well as roles and responsibilities during ECW-commissioned evaluations. Evaluations directly contribute to the Fund’s strategic objective number 5, which states that ECW “improves accountability by developing and sharing knowledge, including collection of more robust data to make better-informed investment decisions, and knowledge of what works and does not.” The evaluations, as part of ECW’s Policy, directly feed into this objective both by being accountable towards ECW’s planned results as well as by contributing to the global knowledge-base around measurement towards development results in education in emergencies and protracted crises settings.

ECW follows the UNEG definition, norms and standards on evaluation. UNEG Norms and Standards for Evaluation defines evaluation as “an assessment, conducted as systematically and impartially as possible, of an activity, project, programme, strategy, policy, topic, theme, sector, operational area or institutional performance. It analyses the level of achievement of both expected and unexpected results by examining the results chain, processes, contextual factors and causality using appropriate criteria such as relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. An evaluation should provide credible, useful evidence-based information that enables the timely incorporation of its findings, recommendations and lessons into the decision-making processes of organizations and stakeholders.”

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ECW Evaluation Policy


November 2019

ECW Evaluations

ECW commissions four types of evaluations:


Country and Project/Programme Evaluation

These are evaluations of an individual or a set of projects in a country or region. The scope of work and focus lies with the individual project and country – and the methodology, findings, conclusions and recommendations are geared towards this.


Evaluation by Investment Window

The focus in this set-up lies with evaluating ECW’s investment windows (FER, MYRP and AF). These evaluations focus on the entire portfolio of projects within the funding modality and findings, conclusions and recommendations are provided against the set objectives of the modality and not towards individual grants or projects.


Thematic Evaluation

Linked to its core function of global knowledge creation, ECW wishes to evaluate important parts of its thematic approaches. Access to formal and non-formal education, learning outcomes, gender equality, safe and quality learning environments, humanitarian-development coherence/nexus, system strengthening, social-emotional learning, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) are currently identified, but other topics are possible. Thematic evaluations can be integrated/linked into the evaluations under A and B, or be executed separately.


Organizational Evaluation

A final summative strategic evaluation is to be conducted towards the end of each ECW strategic planning cycle to inform the new strategic direction of the Fund in the next cycle – as well as an accountability towards its constituents and partners. The focus of this evaluation lies on the measurement of ECW’s strategic objectives and the related core functions of the organization.

The analysis framework of ECW’s evaluations are guided by a set of globally accepted evaluation criteria of OECD-DAC – as well as commonly used humanitarian evaluation criteria, including those relevant to the Grand Bargain agreement.

In addition, gender equality, Grand Bargain and human rights dimensions are integrated into all evaluation criteria (as appropriate) and/or criteria derived directly from human rights principles are used (e.g. equality, participation, localization, social transformation, inclusiveness, empowerment, etc.)

Additional Resources


Evaluation of the ECW First Emergency Response Funding Modality

Reports & Evaluations
Girl atten

Evaluation of the ECW MYRP Modality

Reports & Evaluations
Organizational Review Title Page

Organisational Evaluation of Education Cannot Wait

Reports & Evaluations