This review provided an early opportunity for ICAI to assess the PrOF’s effectiveness in supporting aid delivery across FCDO’s diverse portfolio. It also aimed to support learning in the FCDO, as the department works to refine its programme management approach and integrate systems and staff post-merger.
The review assesses the effectiveness of the PrOF and the extent to which the FCDO has implemented and embedded the PrOF within its operations. It also considers coherence across the UK government, including the alignment of the PrOF with the Government Functional Standard on Project Delivery, which sets out rules and guidelines for portfolio, programme and project delivery that apply to all UK government departments.
This review sought to answer the following questions:
- Is the PrOF a credible approach for the management of UK aid programmes?
- To what extent has the PrOF’s implementation supported the delivery of UK aid across FCDO’s diverse programmes?
- How well has the PrOF been adapted since its launch?