Evaluation Resources

The midterm review of Strategy 2020 provides the Asian Development Bank (ADB) a precious opportunity to draw on its vast experience over the first 5 years of the strategy’s implementation. This evaluation report views the three strategic agendas of inclusive growth, environmental sustainability, and regional integration set out in 2008 as being highly relevant for the second half of Strategy 2020. The thrust of this evaluation is to press on actions and results on the ground—with determination and a reinvigorated sense of urgency—that will make the pursuit of the threefold agenda much more effective going forward.

This paper presents key findings from a review of the Operations Evaluation Department done in February 2008 and proposes a number of changes to further enhance OED’s independence and effectiveness.

The technical assistance (TA) program of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) accounted for about 3% of annual ADB operations in 2004–2006. While developing member countries (DMCs) generally appreciated TA, a special evaluation study (SES) on TA performance by the ADB Operations Evaluation Department (OED) found that about two thirds of ADB’s TA activities had been rated “successful” or “highly successful”. This is below the 70% success rate target, indicating considerable scope for improving the development effectiveness of TA operations.

This paper proposes a set of changes in the organization framework within which the Operations Evaluation Department (OED) operates to carry this process forward. The changes will ensure more independence of OED and provide greater internal and external credibility in its assessments of ADB operations.