Evaluation of ADB Technical Assistance Grants for the Social Security System Reform in the People's Republic of China

Date: September 2010
Type: Evaluation Reports
ADB administration and governance; Social development and protection
Series: Technical Assistance Performance Evaluation Reports
Project Number: 29135-012; 31622-012; 34485-012; 34096-012; 34096-022; 34096-032; 43003-012; 44045-012


ONGOING EVALUATION. This performance evaluation report will assess ADB's eight technical assistance (TA) grants that support the reform of the social security system in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Six of these TA grants have been completed with available completion reports, while two are still in implementation. This report will evaluate these TA grants in one cluster.

ADB has been a major supporter in reforming the PRC's social security system, a role well recognized by the Government, stakeholders, other development partners, and the international financial community. The TA grants aimed to strengthen legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks; and enhance capacity. This study will draw lessons from the experiences of implementing the TA grants that would serve to improve ADB's future operations in the social security sector in the country, as well as in other developing member countries.

For most of the completed TA grants, the TA outcomes may be verifiable, and intermediate states leading towards the intended impacts, as well as impact drivers, may be visible at this stage. The evaluation mission will selectively test the Review of Outcome-to-Impact method* in this review task. The evaluation mission will use participatory meetings with beneficiaries and other stakeholders for the review.

The following approaches will be used in the evaluation:

  • reviewing existing information, including TA documents; back-to-office reports of TA review missions; and correspondence between ADB, the executing agencies, and consultants;
  • interviews with executing agencies;
  • participatory meetings and/or interviews with program participants, beneficiaries, and stakeholders; and
  • site visits and facility inspection.