IOB’s multi-annual research plan can be found below.
Multi-annual planYear of completion of planned studies
Evaluation of Dutch consular services and regulation of free movement of persons
Evaluation of the Relief Fund, Disaster Risk Reduction Fund and Early Recovery Fund
This evaluation analyses to what extent the Dutch policy on international corporate social responsibility (ICSR) achieved its intended results. The focus is on enhancing due diligence by (Dutch) companies in line with the OECD Guidelines on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We will review the realisation and effects of sector covenants, frameworks for private-sector development policies, frameworks for procurement by the government, guidelines for embassies, international cooperation and the development and enforcement of legislation in this area. The evaluation also includes country studies that explore the policy’s impact in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia and India. Part of this evaluation is also a separate evaluation of the Netherlands' National Contact Point (NCP) OECD Guidelines 2012-2018.
The Reconstruction Fund and the Strategic Partnerships Chronic Crises are instruments under the policy priority Security and Rule of Law. Both funds are managed by the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department (DSH). The evaluation of these two funds focuses on policy development, the process of financing through tender procedures and the results of the financed projects. The evaluation also investigates how lessons learnt from the tender procedures were used during the tender procedure of the Addressing Root Causes (ARC) fund, the successor of the WO-fund and SPCC. Part of this research are case studies in South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia.
Evaluation of Dutch economic diplomacy
The policy evaluation covers objectives 2.5 and 3.2 of the Budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It deals with the Dutch contribution to an effective, efficient and coherent EU foreign policy. The policy evaluation focuses on the European Neighbourhood Policy, by means of which the Union aims to promote stability, security and prosperity in its neighbouring countries.
Evaluation of policy for sustainable trade and investments in three countries
Policy review of consular services and promotion of Dutch values and interests
Policy review of drinking water and sanitation
Evaluation of Dutch efforts via EU and NATO
Evaluation of international combat against terrorism
Evaluation of the CSDP/ESDP (Common Security and Defence Policy/European Security and Defence Policy)
The Netherlands and the EU are at a crossroads with respect to the focus of their security and defence policies and are facing new strategic choices. Therefore the independent Policy and Operations Evaluations Department (IOB) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs started an evaluation with regard to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) covering the period from 2013-2019. The objective of this research is to map the challenges the Netherlands has faced and to derive lessons from them. The evaluation is part of an overall evaluation of section 2, ‘Security and Stability’, of the budget of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The objective of this evaluation is to provide input for future strategic partnership programmes. This evaluation will look at four main aspects in the functioning of SP: (i) complementarity of MoFA’s and CSO’s roles; (ii) funding modalities; (iii) accountability towards donors and towards southern stakeholders; and (iv) ownership and relative autonomy of CSO’s. The main questions of this evaluation are: how do SP function? what are the causes for this? what recommendations can we draw from this? This evaluation focuses on the programmes ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ and the ‘SRHR partnerships’, both of DSO, and ‘Conflict mediation strategic partnerships’ and ‘Addressing Root Causes’, both of DSH. This evaluation focuses on the functioning of strategic partnerships, and will not consider ultimate effectiveness, which will be dealt with in the final evaluations in 2020.
Evaluation of Relief Fund and DRA (Dutch Relief Alliance)