2009 Annual Evaluation Review

Evaluation Document | 1 July 2009

This report highlight IED activities in 2008, analyze operational performance of ADB, and synthesize key findings and lessons from 2008 evaluations.

The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) publishes an Annual Evaluation Review (AER) each year, summarizing its activities and the findings of the evaluation studies undertaken in previous years. The objectives of the 2009 AER are to (i) highlight IED activities in 2008, (ii) analyze the operations performance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) based on completed self- and independent evaluations, and (iii) synthesize the key findings and lessons from 2008 evaluation studies to guide future ADB operations. The additional objective of the 2009 AER is to present special chapters examining the roles of ADB's regional departments (RDs) and developing member countries (DMCs) in doing self-evaluation of technical assistance (TA) and loan projects/programs and country partnership strategies (CPSs), as well as identifying future directions of self-evaluation.

The rationale for selecting self-evaluation as the theme for the 2009 AER is as follows: (i) the need for RDs to improve quality-at-entry and implementation performance of TA and loan projects/programs and CPSs, to which improving their monitoring and self-evaluation capacity is an important contributing factor; (ii) the need for DMCs to build country ownership, to which improving their monitoring and self-evaluation capacity is an important contributing factor; and (iii) the need, therefore, for IED to help strengthen self-evaluation capacities of both RDs and DMCs.

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Evaluation Program and Activities in 2008
  • Findings and Lessons from Various Types of 2008 Evaluations
  • Findings on ADB's Self-Evaluation of Projects and Program
  • Findings on ADB's Self-Evaluation of Technical Assistance
  • Findings on ADB's Self-Evaluation of Country Partnership Strategies
  • Findings on DMCs' Self-Evaluation of Projects and Prgram
  • Conclusions
  • Appendixes
  • Management Response
  • DEC Chair Summary