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Is the obligation to show that work has been carried out in compliance with agreed rules and standards and report accurately and fairly on performance results against mandated roles or plans.[1] Accountability places responsibility on programme managers to provide evidence that a programme is effective and conforms to expected results, legal and fiscal requirements. For evaluators, it connotes the responsibility to provide accurate, fair and credible monitoring reports and performance assessment. In organizations that promote learning, accountability may also be measured by the extent to which managers use monitoring and evaluation findings.[2]


  1. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) / Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management, pp 15. Paris, 2002.
  2. United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Programme Manager's Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit, 2004.