We are pleased to report that the International Household Survey Network (IHSN) and the Accelerated Data Program (ADP), programs co-hosted by PARIS21 and World Bank, were evaluated earlier this year. The successful and positive external evaluation confirms the value of these projects, and goes on to suggest ways in which IHSN/ADP work can further improve over the coming years.

The objectives of the evaluation were: (i) to assess the impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of both the IHSN and ADP and of their institutional arrangements; (ii) to assess the relevance of both programmes in the context of the evolving statistical capacity development agenda; and (iii) to provide guidance on how the programmes could be strengthened and improved in the future. The evaluation was carried out over a six month period and the main evaluation instruments were: a review of all relevant documents, stakeholder interviews, five country case studies, and two eSurveys covering data producers and users. The report of the external evaluation falls into two parts: the evaluation of IHSN/ADP activities over the period since inception, and an assessment of the options open to IHSN and ADP.

The report is now available online. It was presented and discussed at the IHSN Management Group organized on 18 September 2013 in FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy. A formal response to the Evaluators is being prepared by the Management Group.

Looking forward, the report makes recommendations for the future development of IHSN and ADP. It also recognises that this development will need to take into account the evolving international statistical architecture, the implementation of the Busan Action Plan for Statistics (BAPS) and especially the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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