2015-Watch Methodology and Scoring System

The overall aim of the 2015-Watch tool is to measure the contributions of donor countries and multilateral agencies to the achievement of the Millennium Development goals. The methodology analyses the extent to which donors’ development policies are oriented towards this internationally-agreed set of goals. It has been designed to allow comparative analysis over time and to monitor progress (or otherwise) in a donor’s contribution to the MDGs. The methodology also allows the performances of different donors to be compared.

By using this diagnostic tool to analyse donors’ development policies, it is possible to gauge the relative strengths and weaknesses of those policies in terms of their orientation towards the MDGs. It is also possible to pinpoint the precise stage(s) of the policy process which are insufficiently oriented towards the achievement of the goals.

The 2015-Watch methodology is based on the concept that the quality of donors’ development aid is directly related to the quality of their policy processes. The policy process is divided into four distinct phases: objective setting, allocation of resources, programming and implementation; and monitoring and evaluation (see diagram in Box 1 on p. 10 of 2015-Watch Report 5).

The scoring system accords an equal weight to all four policy phases. This reflects one of the fundamental concepts of the 2015-Watch methodology – that all four phases of the policy process are equally important in determining the overall quality of the donor’s development aid.

The 2015-Watch reports are researched and compiled by Brussels-based Europe External Policy Advisors (www.eepa.be).