DFID recently reformed its procedures for programme management. It has called these new procedures ‘Smart Rules: Better Programme Delivery’. We have undertaken a rapid review of the Smart Rules, to see how they respond to the issues that we have raised in our 38 reports to date. As this was a rapid review, our aim was to help DFID to refine and enhance the impact of the Smart Rules. We have not applied our usual scoring criteria, nor rated the work to date.