Synthesis reviews and meta-studies

  1. Publication

    ILO’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work: Evaluative lessons on how to build a better future of work after the pandemic

    Synthesis review - Phase I

    25 October 2021

    This synthesis review (phase I) provides an overview of key findings and lessons from the evaluations conducted from 2020 to 2021. It analyses the ILO’s immediate response to the urgent need for action at the outbreak of the pandemic crisis. A second synthesis review will be completed later in 2021 and will focus on a purposive sample of additional evaluation reports to shed light on the effectiveness of the ILO’s targeted response to the devastating effects of the pandemic on the world of work.

  2. Publication

    Decent work results and effectiveness of ILO operations: Meta-analysis of development cooperation evaluations, 2020-21

    07 October 2021

    This meta-analysis includes all independent project evaluations completed in 2020 and a selection of evaluations from 2021. It examines development effectiveness in the delivery of decent work results, by focusing on relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of results; and by providing evidence of results supporting achievement of decent work outcomes. A comparative approach is taken, drawing on findings from previous meta-analyses to assess recent trends in performance. Findings and recommendations aim to guide the ILO’s operational approach to development cooperation interventions.

  3. Publication

    Decent work results and effectiveness of ILO operations: Meta-analysis of development cooperation evaluations, 2019-2020

    12 October 2020

    EVAL has conducted four biennial meta-analyses of independent project evaluations since 2011. These studies provide feedback on the ILO’s effectiveness in advancing decent work. Whereas previous studies focused on past performance, the most recent review incorporates a rolling assessment that yields results for the period 2019-2020. The analysis also incorporates a comparative approach to illustrate performance trends since 2013.

  4. Publication

    Social protection (social security) interventions: What works and why? Lessons learned from a synthesis review, 2012–2018

    25 August 2020

    This report presents the findings of a review of evaluation reports related to ILO interventions in the domain of social protection (social security) in the period 2012–2018. It aims to contribute to organizational learning, to provide guidance to ILO constituents on future work related to social protection (social security), and to strengthen the capacity of the Office to make evidence-based decisions from the findings generated during the analysis of the evaluation reports. Through the systematic analysis of results, lessons learned and good practices of selected evaluation reports, this synthesis review identifies what works, for whom, and why, in the context of ILO’s work on social protection (social security).

  5. Publication

    ILO’s Programme of Work in Support of Decent Work in the Andean Countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela 2016-2019 - Synthesis review of ILO project evaluations

    01 April 2020

    This synthesis review is part of preparatory work for the high-level independent evaluation of the ILO’s Programme of Work in Support of Decent Work in the Andean Countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela 2016-2019.

  6. Publication

    Decent work results and effectiveness of ILO operations: An ex-post meta-analysis of development cooperation evaluations, 2017-2018

    25 October 2019

    This meta-analysis, which is the latest in this series, examined a sample of 40 final, independent project evaluations conducted in the period 2017–18.The report is intended to contribute to optimizing the performance and effectiveness of ILO’s development cooperation strategies, approaches and projects.

  7. Publication

    ILO Decent Work interventions in global supply chains - A synthesis review on lessons learned; what works and why, 2010-2019

    01 October 2019

  8. Publication

    ILO’s programme of support to SADC and to selected SADC member countries - Synthesis review of ILO project evaluations

    10 May 2019

    This synthesis review is part of preparatory work for the high-level independent evaluation of the ILO’s programme of work in four selected member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) (Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania) 2014–18.

  9. Publication

    Formalization of the informal economy, 2014-2018 - Synthesis review of ILO project evaluations

    01 April 2019

    This synthesis review is part of preparatory work for the high-level independent evaluation of the ILO’s strategy and actions towards the formalization of the informal economy, 2014-2018.

  10. Publication

    Decent work results and effectiveness of ILO development cooperation: A meta-analysis of project evaluations 2013-2016

    16 April 2018

    This meta-analysis represents the findings of an assessment covering final independent evaluations, which were completed between 2013 and 2016. The report is intended to contribute to optimizing the performance and effectiveness of ILO’s development cooperation strategies, approaches and projects.