Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE)


The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) builds stronger evidence for more effective aid. ODE assesses DFAT’s internal performance management systems, evaluates the performance of the Australian aid program and contributes to evidence and debate about aid effectiveness.

Recently added resources


20 Nov 2018

This evaluation puts forward a strong case for Australia to remain engaged with Asian middle-income countries (MICs), and argues that Australia can continue to build its comparative advantage as a partner in economic and social reform.

Literature review

26 Sep 2018

By outlining global evidence of what works to prevent violence against women and girls, this literature review provides one measure that Australia can use to assess the effectiveness of its investments and programs.

Policy report

27 Mar 2018

This paper analyses Australia’s commitments to ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) overseas as articulated in Australian aid policies and strategies as well as in domestic, regional and global documents.


27 Mar 2018

Ethical considerations are of considerable importance when conducting research on violence against women and girls (VAWG) and evaluating programming to end it. The purpose of this paper is to briefly summarise international best practice on VAWG research and evaluation (including DFAT’s own obligations).


16 Feb 2018

This Office of Development Effectiveness evaluation assesses a decade of Australian support (2007-2017) for the PNG government to improve its road infrastructure, through the PNG Australia Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).