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 Name||Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations|
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
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.|
|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.|
|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. These evaluation studies are expected to be completed by 2016.
After the transfer of this TA from EAAR, extension were made for the five grantees until completion of the TA on 31 December 2016.
Most of the activities of some grantees i.e. formalization of partnerships and study design, finalization of survey instruments for baseline survey and monthly consumption of survey module, testing of mobile survey platform, surveyor training, introduction of payroll accounts delivered by partner organizations were completed. The remaining tasks will be completed before the TA completion date.
All evaluation studies have been initiated, and baseline surveys have been completed. Additional data collection and analysis on-going for the microcredit group information program in India, financial education program targeting children and youth in PRC, and electronic wage payment for factory workers in Bangladesh. A follow-up survey has been completed and draft final report submitted for insurance and migration program in India.
All grantees have submitted their final reports. TA is in financial closure.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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.|
|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||Lazaro, Dorothea|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||20 Sep 2011|
|Fact Finding||17 Oct 2011 to 21 Oct 2011|
|Approval||16 Dec 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||23 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|16 Dec 2011||-||16 Dec 2011||31 May 2015||31 Dec 2016||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|950,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,450,000.00||16 Dec 2011||1,269,073.83|
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|Strengthening Evaluation of Poverty Reduction Innovations: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Jan 2021|
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