SECO systematically reviews the effectiveness of its projects. It applies international rules based on causal chain approaches
(Theory of Change model) to assess the progress of its projects and programmes:
1. Service provided
SECO and its partners invest money, time, know-how and equipment in a project.
2. Immediate impact
These investments are used, for example, to produce studies, prepare projects, deliver training, or improve processes,
infrastructure and legislation.
3. Medium-term impact
Improvements are made in the quality of services, offerings, infrastructure and the underlying legislation.
4. Long-term impact
The quality of life of the communities concerned is improved.
… and measured
SECO measures the impact of projects by routinely compiling key figures and evaluating the (interim) results of projects.
Based on this data, SECO then reviews the intermediate status together with its project partners. They discuss the results, challenges and difficulties and decide on any adjustments or improvements.
In independent evaluations, experts verify that the projects have achieved the intended results. They analyse the experience and results from the project, draw up the findings and recommend improvements.
The findings and recommendations are presented in evaluation and accountability reports.