Performance of the Asian Development Bank Institute: Research, Capacity Building and Training, and Outreach and Knowledge Management

Date: July 2011
Type: Evaluation Reports
Subject:
Evaluation
Series: Special Evaluation Studies

Description

The Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank Institute was established in 1997 as an ADB subsidiary with the vision of becoming a “leader in creating and sharing knowledge on economic development in the Asia and Pacific region.”

This study examines the performance of the Asian Development Bank Institute up until December 2009, and draws lessons for the future. It covers three performance criteria: research products, capacity building and training, and outreach and knowledge management. It does not include an evaluation of the governance and management of the Asian Development Bank Institute. The overall assessment is rated successful.

The study says periodic self-assessment by the Asian Development Bank Institute is imperative: “Many midcourse corrections could have been made to sharpen…knowledge products and services through self-assessment.” It says a long-term, strategic approach of selecting training themes would increase the likelihood that capacity building and training courses will contribute in a sustainable way to the capacity of institutions in ADB’s developing member countries.

The study recommends facilitating institutional changes with the involvement of the knowledge and regional departments at ADB’s headquarters to improve the effectiveness of the Asian Development Bank Institute’s knowledge products, and to strengthen its links with ADB. It says “strategic steps” are needed to increase the visibility of the Asian Development Bank Institute in the region.

Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Research: Organization, Process, and Products
  • Capacity Building and Training
  • Outreach and Knowledge Management
  • Conclusions, Lessons, And Recommendations
  • Appendixes
  • Supplementary Appendixes
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