Award competition initiated by the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), supported by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group, and hosted and managed by the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS)

What is the Evaluation for Transformational Change Award

A biennial award competition for evaluations in the field of international development that promote or result in transformational change. The award relates to evaluative work that is directly and explicitly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

When Are Awards Given

Every two years, for ten years. The first award (consisting of one award in each of three categories) was presented at the IDEAS Global Assembly in Prague in October 2019.

What Will Be Awarded

The evaluation, not the intervention, through the evaluator or evaluation team responsible for the evaluation.

Incentives to Organize an Award Competition


The role of Evaluation

It will raise the profile of the field of evaluation and highlight the value it adds to efforts towards urgent and essential transformations.

Good Cause

It will raise awareness of the urgency and importance of the transformational changes that are essential for achievement of the SDGs, and provide evaluators with incentives to participate in an award competition.

New Opportunities and Contacts

It will provide excellent potential for networking, establishing partnerships and generating new evaluation opportunities.


It will give exposure to IEG and IOE during the IDEAS Global Assembly, and generate a buzz in VOPEs and in social and mainstream media.

Promotion of Good Evaluation Work and Learning

It will provide insight into international evaluative trends and promote learning on how transformational change takes shape and can be promoted.

Prestige and Recognition

A win or nomination will help the evaluators involved grow and gain profile by having their efforts recognized and acknowledged by experts.


By publicly recognizing excellence, it will contribute to good practices in evaluation for transformational change and thus increase the credibility of evaluations that follow these practices.

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