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Title World Bank Group impact evaluations : relevance and effectiveness
Published Washington, D.C. : World Bank, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xl, 164 pages) : illustrations
Series Independent Evaluation Group Studies
Independent evaluation studies.
Contents Cover; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; OVERVIEW; MANAGEMENT RESPONSE; CHAIRPERSON'S SUMMARY: COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVENESS; ABBREVIATIONS; 1. INTRODUCTION; What Is Impact Evaluation?; BOXES; Box 1.1. Use of the Term "Impact" within the Impact Evaluation Community; Evaluation Objective, Scope, and Framework; FIGURES; Figure 1.1. Process Chain from Impact Evaluation Initiation to Uptake; Building Blocks of the Evaluation; TABLES; Table 1.1. Desk Review of World Bank Group Impact Evaluations; Notes; References; 2. IMPACT EVALUATIONS AT THE WORLD BANK GROUP
Figure 2.1. Impact Evaluations in the M & E SystemInstitutional Efforts to Facilitate Production of Impact Evaluations; Box 2.1. Thematic Impact Evaluation Programs and the Programmatic Model; Box 2.2. Africa Impact Evaluation Initiative; Box 2.3. IFC's Advisory Services and Related Impact Evaluation: Supervisory Skills Training in the Cambodian Garment Industry; Production of World Bank Group Impact Evaluations; Figure 2.2. Impact Evaluations at the World Bank by Initiation Year; Thematic and Regional Distribution of World Bank Group Impact Evaluations
Figure 2.3. Current Lending Portfolio with Impact Evaluations at the World Bank by Sector Board and Fiscal YearFigure 2.4. Impact Evaluations at the World Bank by Type of Thematic Program and Initiation Year; Figure 2.5. IFC Impact Evaluations of Advisory Services by Business Line; Figure 2.6. Impact Evaluations at the World Bank across Regions; World Bank Group Impact Evaluation Methods; Figure 2.7. Impact Evaluations at the World Bank Using Experimental versus Quasi-Experimental Design by Initiation Year; Stakeholder Involvement in World Bank Group Impact Evaluations
Figure 2.8. Prevalence of Methodologies Used in World Bank Group Impact EvaluationsFigure 2.9. Actors Initiating World Bank Impact Evaluations by Initiation Year; Costs and Funding Mechanisms for World Bank Group Impact Evaluations; Table 2.1. Affiliation of Authors of World Bank Group Impact Evaluations; Box 2.4. Spanish Trust Fund for Impact Evaluations as a Dedicated Trust Fund for Impact Evaluations; Table 2.2. Cost of World Bank Impact Evaluation as Proportion of Cost of the Intervention Being Evaluated; Figure 2.10. Funding Sources for World Bank Impact Evaluations by Initiation Year
NotesReferences; 3. RELEVANCE OF WORLD BANK GROUP IMPACT EVALUATIONS; Relevance of Impact Evaluations to Operational Needs; Relevance of Impact Evaluations to Institutional Strategies; Figure 3.1. Distribution of Impact Evaluations within Sector and Business Line Strategies; Figure 3.2. Sector Distribution of All World Bank Lending Operations versus Those Operations with Impact Evaluations; Relevance of Impact Evaluations for Knowledge Generation; Factors Affecting Scope and Relevance of World Bank Group Impact Evaluations; Box 3.1. Relevance to Operational Needs versus Knowledge Generation
Summary Impact evaluation has grown more popular as a method for identifying the causal links between interventions and outcomes. These kind of evaluations assess changes that can be attributed to a particular intervention. Both innovations in statistical methods and the demand for evaluations that can measure such development results are increasing. The World Bank Group is the largest producer of impact evaluations among all development institutions. Thus, IEG has evaluated the relevance, quality, and influence of World Bank and IFC impact evaluations. IEG finds that the World Bank Group portfolio of impact evaluations is largely aligned with sector strategies and project objectives. Selection and coordination of impact evaluations has been improving. Most World Bank impact evaluations meet either medium or high quality standards, and about half of IFC impact evaluations did. Issues related to funding, staff capacity, and incentives, however, constrain the scope and coverage of impact evaluations in the Bank Group. IEG makes five recommendations to strengthen the Bank Group's impact evaluation efforts, revolving around consistency, coordination, quality standards, and ensuring operational relevance. Both development and evaluation professionals will find valuable lessons in this evaluation. There are real benefits from impact evaluations, including their influence on development practices through contributions to project assessment and design of future projects. Thus, development practitioners engaged in designing projects, evaluators interestedin using similar methodology, and the general evaluation community will be able to use the lessons IEG sets out in this report
Notes "June 2012."
"This study was prepared by a team led by Javier Baez and Izlem Yenice."--Page ix
Title viewed from resource March 22, 2013
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject International Finance Corporation -- Evaluation.
World Bank -- Evaluation.
Evaluation -- Methodology.
International agencies -- Evaluation.
Form Electronic book
Author International Finance Corporation.
World Bank.
World Bank. Independent Evaluation Group.
LC no. 2012050653
ISBN 0821397184 (elec.)
9780821397183 (elec.)
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