Why Evaluate? 

IEG’s evaluation products aim to influence the World Bank Group's ability to achieve development outcomes by providing impartial, evidence-based assessments and lessons on drivers of success and failure.

What is Evaluated?

IEG evaluates the activities of the World Bank Group (the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Development Association), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

To address strategic or systemic issues, IEG undertakes

  • Thematic and Sector Evaluations: These evaluations relate largely to our first objective and examine Bank Group results and performance in delivering towards the twin goals. They are organized into Strategic Engagements Areas and increasingly focus on cross-cutting themes (such as competitiveness and jobs) or sectors (such as essential health services). These evaluations assess Bank Group services – from analytical work through lending and guarantees – that were provided over 5-10 years periods.
  • Corporate and Process Evaluations: These evaluations largely correspond to our second objective and focus on how well the World Bank Group performing against its corporate goals. Evaluations are examining, among other the new country engagement model, or new instruments to provide early feedback on their utility and the need for course corrections.
  • Systematic Reviews and (select) Impact Evaluations: These evaluations draw on existing impact evaluations to deepen the evidence base for sector and thematic evaluations. On a select basis, impact evaluation methods may be used as part of other evaluations for the same purpose.
  • Approach Papers: These documents provide the design of the above evaluations. They spell out objectives, evaluation questions, scope, and evaluation approach, which evaluation teams will follow.

To focus on specific countries or projects,

  • Country-Focused Evaluations: Country Program Evaluations examine Bank performance in a particular country, usually over the past four to five years, and report on its conformity with the relevant World Bank Country Partnership Framework (CPF) and on the overall effectiveness of the specific CPFs.
  • Project-Level Evaluations: Completed projects are evaluated through Project Performance Assessment Reports (PPARs). They are carried out after World Bank projects have been completed and involve site visits to assess performance and results.

To ensure a systematic assessment of portfolio performance,

To promote greater learning from IEG’s work,

  • Learning Products & Engagements: These reports are tailored to specific audiences and synthesize existing IEG evaluation work to provide a deep understanding of experiences and lessons that can be drawn from them. From July 2016 onwards, IEG will be experimenting with different models designed to enhance learning and focus less on the production of reports.
  • Results and Performance of the World Bank Group (RAP): This report is prepared annually to provide a comprehensive assessment of the World Bank Group’s development effectiveness, drawing on project portfolio data. The report also looks at the WBG’s performance in a specific thematic area, such as gender (in 2015) and the Millennium Development Goals (in 2014). The proposed thematic focus in FY16 is Gender Equality, FY17 is Managing for Results (which would synthesize IEG’s work on monitoring and evaluation at the corporate, country, and project levels), and FY18 is Working in Partnership.

Other Evaluation Products

  • Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD): These resources focus on improving monitoring and evaluation efforts. They include "how to" publications and working papers. For more on ECD, click here.
  • Working Papers: These reports contribute to the knowledge in major evaluations or to the evaluation field.
  • IEG Annual Reports: the annual reports provide an update on IEG’s work program.