• Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Glossary
  • Executive Summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 1.1. Why ‘uptake’ matters
  • 1.2. Objectives, expected outcomes and methodology
  • 1.3. Structure of the report
  • 2. improving uptake : learning from others
  • 2.1. Learning from the literature
  • 2.2. Learning from other donor agencies
  • 3. The EU Uptake System In Practice: Reviewing The Evidence
  • 3.1. Evolution of the evaluation function over time
  • Current position of the evaluation function and the Unit
  • 3.2. Users of strategic evaluations: key actors, roles, interests and relationships
  • 3.3. Formal and informal opportunities for uptake
  • 3.3.1. Uptake in policy development processes
  • 3.3.2. The programming cycle
  • 3.3.3. How conducive is the evaluation process to ensuring uptake?
  • 3.3.4. Link with the monitoring and results framework
  • 3.3.5. Link between evaluations and the wider knowledge system
  • 3.4. Institutional culture and leadership
  • 3.5. External pressures and uptake of strategic evaluations
  • 3.6. Global overview of evidence of uptake within EuropeAid, and some success stories
  • 3.7. Conclusions on the EU uptake system
  • 4. Some reflections to inform future choices regarding uptake
  • 4.1. Accountability and learning: a vicious or virtuous circle?
  • 4.2. How to enhance the ownership of evaluations?
  • 4.3. Who should do what in promoting uptake?
  • 4.4. Political economy of knowledge and the role of leadership
  • 4.5. Doing more with less: what are the implications for uptake?
  • 5. Options for improved uptake: four areas of recommendation
  • Recommendation area 1: Promote and incentivise a learning and evaluation culture
  • Recommendation area 2: Review the evaluation process so as to enhance ownership and uptake
  • Recommendation area 3: Better exploit formal and informal processes for uptake
  • Recommendation area 4: Pay greater attention to outcomes and ownership
  • List of interviews
  • Bibliography