Evaluation for Better Results

Publication | September 2014

This book marks 10 years of independent evaluation at the Asian Development Bank. Evaluation is advancing from ex post assessments of programs and projects to varied set of real time tools and innovations in evaluation methods.

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This book shares the journey to organizational and financial independence of evaluation and the transformation in evaluation approaches to support effectively accountability and learning. The book captures how evaluation is advancing from largely ex post assessments of programs and projects to a varied set of forward-looking and real time tools and innovations in evaluation methods.

The book offers a collection of papers from distinguished development practitioners and evaluators around the world who share their experiences in capacity development for evaluation at the country level. Evaluation for better results requires connecting with development challenges in a changing development context, focusing on and measuring outcomes, and proposing lessons and solutions to improve results. Tried and tested approaches may not be enough by themselves for dealing with unfamiliar situations as well as with past development problems that remain intractable. Innovative approaches are crucial in evaluation methods and outreach to enhance rigor and influence.


  • Development Evaluation Context
    • Development Evaluation in Asia and the Pacific
    • What Is Development Effectiveness?
    • Evidence-Based Policies in Asia’s Development
  • Meeting Evaluation Challenges
    • Evaluation and Results in Asia
    • The Journey to Independent Evaluation at ADB
    • Accountability and Learning: Two Sides of the Same Coin
  • Evaluation Approaches
    • Corporate Evaluations in the World Bank Group: Approaches to Enhance Rigor and Evaluation Impact
    • Influential Evaluations at ADB
    • Developing a Gender-Responsive Monitoring and Evaluation System for International Development Agencies
  • Strengthening Evaluation Capacity and Country Evaluation Systems
    • India’s Independent Evaluation Office: A New Approach
    • Results-Based Evaluation in Malaysia
    • Strengthening Evaluation Capacity in Asia and the Pacific
  • References

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
  • Evaluation
  • China, People's Republic of
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • 180
  • 6 x 9
  • BKK146674-2
  • 978-92-9254-580-2 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-581-9 (electronic)

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