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Evaluation is central to good corporate governance. ADB continually reviews its operations to assess their effectiveness, learn from past experience, and improve the development of future policies, strategies, programs, and projects.

Completed Evaluations

  • Evaluation Document | 08 Dec 2022
    Papua New Guinea: Town Electrification Investment Program – Tranche 1

    The program sought to substitute high-cost diesel power generation with sustainable renewable energy power generation in provincial urban centers. Tranche 1 supported the implementation of two hydropower projects (HPPs) with total capacity of 6 MW and associated transmission lines to replace diesel-based power generation. It also supported an interconnecting transmission line for effective utilization of two existing HPPs and enabling the purchase of excess power from biomass-based power generation projects owned by the private sector and capacity building.

  • Evaluation Document | 08 Dec 2022
    People’s Republic of China: Gansu Jiuquan Integrated Urban Environment Improvement Project

    The project was designed to promote environmentally sustainable and socioeconomically inclusive urban development in Jiuquan by upgrading urban infrastructure and services. The project was to support wastewater management, urban transport and utility facilities, windbreak plantation, and related services. The project’s expected impact was to support an environmentally sustainable and socioeconomically inclusive urban development in Jiuquan. The intended outcome was an improved urban infrastructure and services in Jiuquan.

  • Evaluation Document | 08 Dec 2022
    India: Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Investment Program (Tranche 2 and Multitranche Financing Facility)

    The multitranche financing facility (MFF) was to support the delivery of the Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Road Map, enable flexibility in investment decisions based on the needs and constraints of each city, and allow implementation based on the readiness of individual subprojects. The anticipated impact of the investment program was improved quality of life for the urban residents of Uttarakhand’s 31 selected towns. This report validates the completion report's assessment of project 2 and the MFF. IED overall assessment: Less than successful. 

  • Evaluation Document | 08 Dec 2022
    Georgia: Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program (Tranche 2)

    The program targeted investments in urban transport and related services across the main cities in Georgia. Tranche 2's focus was to upgrade two sections of the Tbilisi–Rustavi Urban Road Link (TRURL)—a part of larger Tbilisi–Red Bridge Highway as a strategic infrastructure—and construct a bridge over the Aragvi river to connect the touristic city of Mtskheta and the East–West Highway.

  • Evaluation Document | 08 Dec 2022
    Nauru: Improving Public Investment Management Program

    The program built on progress made under previous ADB-financed, policy-based programs and technical assistance (TA) to improve the management of public expenditure and assets and governance of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The planned program outcome has strengthened public investment management and fiscal sustainability through three reform areas: (i) improved public expenditure management; (ii) improved public asset management; and (iii) enhanced SOE governance. This report validates the completion report's assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.

  • Evaluation Document | 25 Nov 2022
    Papua New Guinea: Bridge Replacement for Improved Rural Access Sector Project

    The project was in line with the National Transport Development Plan, 2006–2010, which called for improvements in a large number of bridges, including those on the 16 priority national roads and other key roads. The project aimed to focus on a list of priority bridges in five priority national roads identified by the Department of Works. Its expected impact was improved access to markets and social services for the rural population in selected provinces.

  • Evaluation Document | 24 Nov 2022
    Lessons from the Validation of Technical Assistance Completion Reports, July 2021–June 2022

    This synthesis note distills knowledge from independent validations of technical assistance completion reports (TCRs) to help improve the design and implementation of future technical assistance (TA) operations. This is the second TCR validation (TCRV) synthesis note prepared by the Independent Evaluation Department (IED). This note provides a snapshot of TA performance from a total of 92 TCRVs conducted from July 2021 to June 2022 and contributes to institutional learning and future TA and knowledge work.

  • Evaluation Document | 23 Nov 2022
    Papua New Guinea: Highlands Region Road Improvement Investment Program–Project 2

    The project's intended impact was export-driven economic growth and rural development in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. The expected outcome of the project was improved accessibility and reduced transport cost in the Highlands Region. This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

Ongoing Evaluations

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Evaluation Types

 
Annual Evaluation Reviews Assess ADB's operational performance, synthesize lessons on development effectiveness, report on findings and actions taken on evaluation recommendations
Country Assistance Program Evaluations Evaluate the performance of ADB's support to a sector in a country, including its strategy, policy dialogue, completed and ongoing projects
Sector Assistance Program Evaluations Evaluate the performance of ADB's support to a sector in a country, including its strategy, policy dialogue, completed and ongoing projects
Sector-wide Evaluations Assess the performance and results of ADB’s sector strategy and operations across the entire Asia Pacific region over an extended period to inform future engagement of ADB with the sector
Corporate and Thematic Evaluations Focus on thematic issues across sectors or countries, or evaluate an ADB policy or business process
Impact Evaluations Use quasi-experimental designs and emphasize validity and reliability of evaluation results
Project/Program Performance Evaluations Evaluate the design, implementation, and performance of projects and programs
Technical Assistance Performance Evaluation Reports Evaluate the design, implementation, and performance of technical assistance projects, typically covering several projects in the same report
Validations of Project Completion Reports Validate project and program completion reports
Validations of Country Partnership Strategy Final Review Validate findings and assess the quality of the country partnership strategy final review
Validation of Technical Assistance Completion Reports Validate technical assistance completion reports
Topical Papers Focus on current development issues to share ideas or technical working papers related to evaluation reports
Working Papers Interim reports to present the reviews and findings of work in progress in evaluation or research relating to development effectiveness. It aims to encourage discussion, elicit feedback and advance knowledge.
Synthesis Notes Consolidates key findings and lessons from independent evaluation of projects conducted in a particular period. They aim to increase usability of evaluation reports and feed lessons to projects under preparation or in the pipeline in order to improve project qualitt-at-entry and delivery.