Clear Horizon conducted a cross-cutting issues evaluation for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 2016. MFAT was looking at improving ways to integrate cross cutting issues within their aid policies, programs and activities to strengthen development outcomes while ensuring any risks were minimised.

The evaluation was executed in two stages. The first stage included a literature synthesis, desktop review, preliminary consultations and a workshop with MFAT stakeholders to inform the scope and design of the evaluation. The second stage included three case studies, a theory of change (TOC) workshop, business and performance system mapping, detailed key informant interviews, and a recommendations workshop. The evaluation design uses a strength-based approach to emphasise positive examples, highlighting good practice globally and within the New Zealand Aid Programme, as examples that can be built upon. The evaluation was completed in December 2016.