Evaluation, Influence, Action: How Independent Evaluation Improves the Asian Development Bank's Development Effectiveness

Evaluation Document | 6 April 2022

The end goal of all evaluation is influence. Evaluation influence comes at various levels and in various types. The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) enhances the development effectiveness of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) future operations by systematically evaluating its projects, country programs, sector support, policies, strategies, and corporate and thematic priorities. The cornerstone of evaluation influence is the evaluation report, which must be high-quality, credible, timely, and relevant to user demands.

This topical paper uses case studies of selected independent evaluations circulated from 2016 to 2020, to assess factors that contribute to their influence at the Asian Development Bank. Through its seven case studies, the report sought to answer these questions: “Did the findings and recommendations of the evaluation lead to changes in policy, structure, or practices?”, and “What factors contributed to the influence of these evaluations?” The findings will be of interest to the development community in general, and the donor community who have a keen interest in maximizing the development impact of their investments.