Special Evaluation Study on Managing for Development Results | Asian Development Bank

Special Evaluation Study on Managing for Development Results

Evaluation Document | 31 October 2011

This report assesses ADB's achievement in mainstreaming the MfDR Agenda within ADB, with a view to track progress, identify lessons, and make recommendations for ensuring better development effectiveness of operations in the future.

ADB defines managing for development results (MfDR) as "an approach focused on development of outcomes throughout the management cycle." MfDR enables informed decision making by integrating a results focus across four mutually reinforcing core management functions. These are (i) defining outcomes and outputs with measurable indicators and time-bound target, (ii) allocating resources to activities, (iii) implementing activities and monitoring progress and targets, and (iv) evaluating performance against targets.

This special evaluation study follows on from the recommendations of the Independent Evaluation Department's first assessment of MfDR in ADB in 2007. Because mainstreaming activities are ongoing, the primary focus of this study is on the processes and institutional changes stemming from the MfDR agenda, rather than on actual results, which would mostly be premature at this stage.

Implementing the MfDR approach in ADB was broadly found to have progressed well, with the Development Effectiveness Review becoming a valued tool for reporting corporate results under the agenda. Even so, there are enough areas that need attention to warrant the preparation of a follow-up action plan. Among them: the paucity of systematic data updating, which hampers the results orientation of ADB's country partnership strategies and projects.

The study recommends enhancing the capacity of developing member countries to manage for results through a "strategic, phased engagement." It recommends improving the monitoring and reporting of outcomes and impacts at the country, sector, and project levels to secure better results for managing for development results.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • ADB's Managing for Development Results Agenda
  • Relevance
  • Responsiveness
  • Results Orientation
  • Overall Assessment
  • Findings, Lessons, Issues, and Recommendations
  • Appendixes
  • Supplementary Appendixes