Regional: Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations

Sovereign Project | 45292-001

Summary

The TA will improve DMC ability to measure, evaluate, and replicate access to finance and other related poverty reduction efforts by increasing understanding and application of randomized control trials and other modern evaluation techniques. The TA will achieve this result in three ways. First, it will introduce new evaluation techniques to DMC officials and academics in a short, practical training course, with information on how to apply the results to improve policy and practice. Second, the TA will run a three day international conference, where practitioners and researchers from around the globe will present the latest evaluation results of projects in financial access and poverty reduction to policymakers. Gender impact will be an essential aspect of the presentations. Finally, an evaluation implementation grants program to be awarded at the end of the conference will facilitate evaluation benefits and capacity building for DMCs.

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Project Name Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations
Project Number 45292-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8003-REG: Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 950,000.00
TA 8003-REG: Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations (Supplementary)
Financial Sector Development Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Finance - Inclusive finance - Insurance and contractual savings - Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing
Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Social protection initiatives
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The TA will improve DMC ability to measure, evaluate, and replicate access to finance and other related poverty reduction efforts by increasing understanding and application of randomized control trials and other modern evaluation techniques. The TA will achieve this result in three ways. First, it will introduce new evaluation techniques to DMC officials and academics in a short, practical training course, with information on how to apply the results to improve policy and practice. Second, the TA will run a three day international conference, where practitioners and researchers from around the globe will present the latest evaluation results of projects in financial access and poverty reduction to policymakers. Gender impact will be an essential aspect of the presentations. Finally, an evaluation implementation grants program to be awarded at the end of the conference will facilitate evaluation benefits and capacity building for DMCs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact More effective evaluation of financial inclusion and related poverty reduction projects in participating DMCs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased understanding and application of gender-disaggregated modern evaluation techniques for poverty reduction innovations by DMC academics and officials
Progress Toward Outcome Understanding significantly increased by training and conference completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Three day training course in impact evaluation

2. Three day conference sharing latest relevant impact evaluation results

3. Innovation of competitively awarded evaluation grants for DMCs and management of TA process

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The three-day training and three-day conference have been held successfully in August 2012.

Eleven small grants to support design of evaluation studies with a maximum of $15,000 per grant were completed in October 2013.

By March 2014, ADB selected 5 out of 21 proposals for large grants with a maximum of $150,000 each to conduct impact evaluations of development interventions, of which 3 are related to financial inclusion, 1 small and medium enterprise development and 1 post-conflict management and governance. Mobilization payments have been made to all 5 studies. Some have finished the baseline date collection by March 2015. These evaluation studies are expected to be completed by 2016.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with PRC China Academy of Sciences, and informally with DMC participants in basic evaluation training under IED RETAs for CAREC and GMC.
During Project Implementation Ongoing consultations with field offices of IPA and with all ADB DMCs on training participation and options for developing better impact evaluation studies in member countries. The conference and training markedly increased linkages between academics, DMC officials, and implementers. Ongoing consultations with the InterAmerican Development Bank, Visa Foundation, Citi Foundation, and others are ongoing, to replicate the event in future years.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services One international consultant for 10 person-months, intermittent, will recruited by single-source selection (SSS) from the Financial Access Initiative through the Innovations for Poverty Action to manage all arrangements for the training development and delivery, conference setup, management and logistics, grants competition and general grants implementation oversight. FAI/IPA established and ran the first conference in 2010, administers a Gates Fund grant for evaluation trial grants, and has established a unique and extensive worldwide network of evaluation researchers. No other evaluation network of this nature exists at the current time. It has a unique capability to provide a qualified research professional for this task, as the R-CDTA work is a natural continuation of previous work (the 2010 conference) and it has experience of exceptional worth for the assignment. The consultant will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Yi Jiang
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Sep 2011
Fact Finding 17 Oct 2011 to 21 Oct 2011
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2015

TA 8003-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2011 - 16 Dec 2011 31 May 2015 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
950,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,450,000.00 16 Dec 2011 877,123.97

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