IDEV Work Programme 2016-2018

Published by: 
Independent Development Evaluation, African Development Bank
Publication Date: 
February, 2016

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IDEV's 2016-2018 work program has been designed to further strengthening IDEV's alignment with the Bank's TYS while responding to the needs of key stakeholders and potential users. It also responds to the dynamic context for evaluation, both globally with a pressure for accountability but also for supporting the development of national evaluation capacity, and inside the Bank where the new leadership is setting fresh directions that will require further learning from past experience. Its main features are the following:

  • Higher-level evaluations (country / regional, thematic / sector and corporate) continue to be the key focus of IDEV's work.
  • The approach to the project-level evaluations is significantly strengthened to ensure that they: (i)inform higher-level evaluations as building blocks; (ii) support accountability; and (iii) provide credible information on development results in the field. 
  • IDEV plans to review 100% of PCRs and XCRs and report on the level of disconnect between PCR ratings and those of IDEV. Field-visits will be carried out on a sample of these PCRS/XSRs. In addition IDEV will continue rigorous Project Results Assessments introduced in 2015. 
  • Knowledge management, dissemination and outreach activities are strategically planned / sequenced in order to optimize the use of evaluation findings to support: decision-making and learning within the Bank (operations, strategic and policy-making functions, corporate services); accountability to shareholders; and learning for RMCs and other development partners.
  • Strengthening evaluation systems, capacity and evaluation culture within RMCs is an area of enhanced focus to move in a direction where development financing, in broad terms, is subject to evaluation.

This proposal for IDEV's 2016-2018 work program identifies three different scenarios that differ primarily by their level of ambition, with target coverage of the volume of Bank's interventions ranging from 35% to 75%. They also differ by their extent of contribution to the three IDEV's strategic objectives of accountability, learning and promoting an evaluation culture, and propose a different mix of products to achieve this contribution.