Meta analysis of lessons learned and good practices arising from nine Decent Work Country Programme evaluations

In 2006, the ILO began evaluating the performance of its Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs). Between 2006 and 2009, six such evaluations were undertaken and evaluation reports published - covering Argentina, Indonesia, Jordan, Philippines, Ukraine and Zambia. The ILO commissioned this meta analysis in order to derive lessons learned and identify good practices arising from these evaluations.

In 2011, the ILO sought to update the meta analysis with the inclusion of three more DWCP evaluations undertaken for Honduras, Kyrgyzstan and Tanzania. As an additional objective, the author has taken the opportunity to derive some lessons learned from these evaluations that may facilitate the conduct of future DWCP evaluations. The meta analysis did not find many specific lessons nor guidance regarding Decent Work policies and programmes that have proven to be effective in achieving their outcomes. This is largely due to a lack of performance information on such outcomes being yet available for the DWCP evaluators to make such assessments for these evaluations. However, it did reaffirm that the strategy of pursuing a Decent Work Country Programme, as opposed to a set of individual projects, was sound.