2017 Annual Evaluation Review | Asian Development Bank

2017 Annual Evaluation Review

Evaluation Document | 12 April 2017

The 2017 Annual Evaluation Review (AER) comes at an important juncture for ADB, as it strengthens its position as a knowledge bank and learning institution. The work on the 2017 AER was undertaken as ADB was readying Strategy 2030, its long-term corporate framework. The AER provides an independent perspective of ADB’s performance based on the systematic assessment of ADB strategies, sectors, and operations. It informs on whether ADB’s initiatives made a difference in addressing the pressing development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The AER does this primarily through analyses of evaluations of country strategies and projects.

The 2017 AER is a tool for both accountability and learning. As well as reporting on results, it provides an opportunity to review how evaluations can better inform ADB operations. The special theme of this year’s AER, learning from the documented lessons of project evaluations, aims to provide an insight as to how ADB learns as an institution. It reviews how lessons from project evaluations can influence better design and implementation. It is clearly acknowledged that documented lessons are a small component of what contributes to learning in ADB. Nevertheless, a review of learning from documented lessons still provides valuable insights on how knowledge is generated and managed. 

The 2017 AER also gives an annual update on the implementation status of recommendations from IED's corporate and thematic evaluations. Reviewing performance and tracking the course of lessons and recommendations provide a means to understand ADB’s progress as a knowledge institution.