Regional: Developing Impact Evaluation Methodologies, Approaches, and Capacities in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 1)

Sovereign Project | 46185-002 Status: Active

Summary

Bilateral and multilateral development agencies spend more than $30 billion each year on social development programs, with developing countries spending another $300 billion annually. However, the development effectiveness of this spending is not always clear, and evidence on their impact, if they are available, is scant. In particular, it is not clearly known how much of Asia s recent improvements in poverty reduction and human capital outcomes have been due to development spending and how much are trickle-down effects of the region s rapid economic growth. This lack of information limits the ability of policy makers and development partners to further improve effectiveness of the development spending through proper design of programs and projects.

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Project Name Developing Impact Evaluation Methodologies, Approaches, and Capacities in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 1)
Project Number 46185-002
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8332-REG: Developing Impact Evaluation Methodologies, Approaches, and Capacities in Selected Developing Member Countries (Subproject 1)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bilateral and multilateral development agencies spend more than $30 billion each year on social development programs, with developing countries spending another $300 billion annually. However, the development effectiveness of this spending is not always clear, and evidence on their impact, if they are available, is scant. In particular, it is not clearly known how much of Asia s recent improvements in poverty reduction and human capital outcomes have been due to development spending and how much are trickle-down effects of the region s rapid economic growth. This lack of information limits the ability of policy makers and development partners to further improve effectiveness of the development spending through proper design of programs and projects.

ADB has supported its developing member countries (DMCs) in designing, financing, and implementing project and policy interventions aimed at fostering economic development and reducing poverty in the region. ADB's economic sector work, cost benefit analysis and past effort at benefit monitoring and evaluation, as well as design and monitoring frameworks and social safeguard requirements, collect information that provide a basis for identifying project performance ex-ante and ex-post. While these are useful exercises in designing projects and monitoring their performance, they do not necessarily identify the actual impacts of ADB s development support. Although it may not be possible to identify specific impacts of development spending at the macro level, it is possible to do so at the project level through the use of rigorous impact evaluation (IE) studies.

Thus, mainstreaming IE in ADB operations is highly beneficial not only for the Bank but also, and more importantly, for DMCs. Gaining accuracy in the evaluation of interventions will permit policymakers in DMCs and ADB to anticipate the expected consequences of these interventions. In this way, IE will allow DMCs and ADB to allocate limited resources more efficiently, guide the design of more effective interventions, and enhance evidence-based policy dialogue.

Impact Improved development effectiveness of ADB-designed projects responsive to the development needs of DMCs

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Impact evaluation is mainstreamed in ADB operations
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Impact evaluation studies adopting appropriate methodology with effective technical support

2. Impact evaluation awareness-raising seminars and capacity building workshops for ADB staff and DMC officials

3. Reports and dissemination workshops on lessons learned from review of methodologies and conduct of pilot studies

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

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Each study team may work in close collaboration with the concerned government agencies, both oversight agencies and project/intervention implementation units.

This technical support will also include partnerships with renowned IE research institutes (e.g., International Initiative for Impact Evaluation or the Jameel Lateef Poverty Action Lab) to provide expertise, as well as ground-level support for DMCs in the design of IE frameworks and methodologies.

During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

Each of the impact evaluation studies will require a team of consultants, both international and national, to be engaged separately. The consultants will (i) provide technical guidance and feedback on the evaluation studies, (ii) develop the design of the impact evaluation studies together with the ADB team, (iii) assist in guiding and overseeing the implementation of impact evaluation studies, (iv) assist in survey designs, (v) implement the surveys, and (vi) assist in data analysis and report evaluation. Cost estimates for consulting services will be prepared in consultation with the divisions implementing the individual impact evaluation studies. Consultant packages for each impact evaluation study will comprise both firms and individuals, as appropriate. About 21 person-months of international and 45 person-months of national consulting services will be required for Subproject 1. Consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

The following are the required consulting services:

A. International Consulting Services:

1. Impact evaluation advisor (5 person-months, intermittent)

2. International impact evaluation specialists (11 person-months, intermittent)

3. Copy editor (2.5 person-month)

4. Impact evaluation trainers (2.5 person-month, intermittent)

B. National Consulting Services:

1. National impact evaluation specialists (20 person-months, intermittent)

2. Project coordinator (25 person-months, intermittent)

3. Research assistants (as needed)

Procurement Procurement of equipment (computer hardware and software) by ADB will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Procurement will take place in coordination with ADB's Office of Information Systems and Technology and Office of Administrative Services. When the C-TA is completed, any procured equipment will remain ADB property and/or will be disposed of in accordance with PAIs concerned. Disbursements under the C-TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Yi Jiang
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 25 Feb 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2013

TA 8332-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Feb 2013 - 25 Feb 2013 31 Jan 2015 31 Mar 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 25 Feb 2013 588,853.01

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