Project effectiveness reviews

Villagers in Pakistan participate in an emergency drill, part of a disaster risk reduction (DRR) programme run by Oxfam and its local partner, the Doaba Foundation.

At a glance

Our effectiveness reviews are rigorous evaluations of our projects across six thematic areas.


Oxfam operates in 55 countries, across 250 different programmes, within which sit over 1200 projects designed to help end world poverty. With an annual budget of £286 million, we are deeply committed to being accountable for what we do by determining whether Oxfam's work is resulting in positive change - and why.

The first set of 26 effectiveness reviews was carried out in 2011/12. Browse our 2013/14 effectiveness reviews below or visit our publications section to filter your search by year, country and area of work

In more detail

Effectiveness Reviews form part of our Global Performance Framework, which was developed to better capture and communicate our effectiveness and promote evidence based learning. Undertaking rigorous evaluations is the only credible way of measuring our effectiveness. But with over 400 projects completing each year, doing full impact evaluations on each one would be too resource intensive. Instead, we drill down and randomly select projects under each of the following six thematic areas:

  • Humanitarian response
  • Adaptation and risk reduction
  • Livelihood enhancement
  • Women's empowerment
  • Citizen voice
  • Policy influencing