The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) evaluates the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group. Our work provides evaluative evidence to help the World Bank Group deliver better services and results to its clients. We do so by generating lessons from past experience and accountability to shareholders and stakeholders at large.
IEG is independent of the Management of the World Bank Group and reports directly to the Executive Board.
Improving World Bank Group Development Results Through Excellence in Evaluation
IEG’s overriding goal is to help the World Bank Group build on its successes and avoid unnecessarily repeating past mistakes. Our two medium-term objectives are:
To deepen the evidence about the results of the World Bank Group towards the achievement of its goals of accelerating poverty reduction and boosting shared prosperity. In that, we are focusing on interim targets for 2020.
To generate evidence on the early implementation experience of the World Bank Group Strategy to ensure shareholders and managements can make necessary mid-course corrections. By doing so, we also aim to promote a stronger internal culture for results, accountability, and learning.
What We Do
To achieve our goals, we undertake a diverse set of evaluations:
To address strategic or systemic issues,
To focus on specific countries or projects,
To ensure a systematic assessment of portfolio performance, and
To promote greater learning from IEG’s work.
We are committed to continuously expanding the use of innovative evaluation methods to complement traditional approaches, including assessing outcomes against stated objectives, benchmarks, and standards.
To enhance the effectiveness of our work, we invest in systematic outreach to bring our findings and recommendations to the right stakeholders, at the right time, and in the right format.
IEG Theory of Change
IEG has developed a theory of change to clarify how evaluation contributes to the Bank Group’s development effectiveness by fostering learning, accountability for results, and evidence-based decision making.