Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) was established in mid-2012 to strengthen the independence and credibility of the work of the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE). Its key objective is to improve the quality of evaluations of Australia's aid program by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of Australian aid. The IEC is an advisory body with a whole of government mandate chaired by Jim Adams, a former Vice President of the World Bank. It provides independent expert evaluation advice to improve ODE's work in planning, commissioning, managing and delivering a high quality evaluation program. The IEC provides advice on ODE's evaluation strategy and work plan, and oversees ODE's preparation of an annual evaluation summary and quality assurance report. The IEC meets three or four times a year. The Independent Evaluation Committee has three external members (including the chair) and one senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade representative. The Minister for Foreign Affairs appoints its external members. Given the IEC's Whole-of-Government mandate, a representative from the Department of Finance is invited to attend meetings as an observer. Current IEC external members are Jim Adams (Chair), Mr Stephen Creese, and Dr Wendy Jarvie. They contribute a mix of solid international development and aid effectiveness experience, high-level evaluation expertise and strong public sector experience to the Committee.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Minister

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    4

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    1 July 2012

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Mr James Adams 9 May 2012 30 April 2019
Member Mr. Stephen Creese 17 April 2015 5 March 2018
Member Ms. Wendy Jarvie 22 March 2016 30 April 2018
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