Independent evaluation has become increasingly important at the multilateral development banks over the years. The presentation aims to take the audience through the process by which this function has evolved over the years at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Evaluation at the ADB started in 1972 as a unit in the economics research department to report on whether completed projects were achieving the originally intended results (outputs). Evaluation was initially focused on the accountability function (audit) but has grown over the years to provide feedback through lessons learnt to improve development effectiveness of ADB's assistance. This mix of accountability and learning functions continues to evolve with greater attention to making evaluations more relevant, timely (including through more real-time evaluations), forward looking (through knowledge solutions based on evaluative evidence to influence future decisions) and credible (through enhanced independence of the evaluation function and greater emphasis on evidence-based analysis). Looking ahead, impact evaluations will be important to respond to stakeholders who are increasingly seeking answers on outcomes and development effectiveness of ADB assistance.
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H. Satish Rao, Director General, Independent Evaluation Department, Asian Development Bank
- Wednesday, 31 March 2010
- 12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road