Terms of Reference

9 Terms of reference (ToR) should be prepared for any significant review or exercise with implications for the machinery of government. There is no prescribed format for the ToR. Key elements should include:

  • context: description of the situation and the issues or problems to be addressed
  • objective: the purpose of the review
  • scope/assumptions: range of issues and/or agencies covered; elements explicitly included; elements explicitly excluded, if any; constraints, if any; how the review will be conducted
  • deliverables
  • consultation
  • timeframe.

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