Building on learning and applying what works in practice is essential if UK aid is to achieve maximum impact and value for money. DFID has allocated at least £1.2 billion for research, evaluation and personnel development (2011-15). It generates considerable volumes of information, much of which is publicly available.
We take learning to mean the extent to which DFID uses information and experience to influence its decisions. Each ICAI review assesses how well learning takes place, our reports to date indicate a mixed performance. This review seeks to identify the way DFID learns and what inhibits it from doing so consistently. As a result of our findings, we gave a rating of amber-red.