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IEG Insights - Recent Evaluations

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Managing Evaluations: A How-To Guide For Managers and Commissioners of Evaluations

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Evaluations serve two main functions--accountability and learning. They provide an "account" to stakeholders about the extent to which resources are being, or were, used efficiently and effectively, and degree to which the intended results are being, or were, achieved. In addition, they are often intended to generate empirical knowledge about the interventions in pursuit of given objectives: what Show MoreEvaluations serve two main functions--accountability and learning. They provide an "account" to stakeholders about the extent to which resources are being, or were, used efficiently and effectively, and degree to which the intended results are being, or were, achieved. In addition, they are often intended to generate empirical knowledge about the interventions in pursuit of given objectives: what elements of the intervention worked, what did not work, and why. By contributing to such knowledge, evaluations help policy makers, program managers, and other stakeholders make informed decisions regarding policy priorities, program design and implementation, and resource allocations.This guide provides simple and practical advice for the management and commissioning of evaluations in a public sector context. It provides an overview of the key concepts and processes and covers the major stages involved in managing an evaluation.

The Changing Landscape of Development Evaluation Training: A Rapid Review

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A key area of IEG's mandate focuses on developing the WBG's client countries' capacities in monitoring and evaluation. IEG undertook a process of identifying and reviewing current M&E learning opportunities available to practitioners in a developing country context to understand the current landscape. A key area of IEG's mandate focuses on developing the WBG's client countries' capacities in monitoring and evaluation. IEG undertook a process of identifying and reviewing current M&E learning opportunities available to practitioners in a developing country context to understand the current landscape.

Monitoring and Evaluation System: The Case of Chile 1990–2014

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From its creation in the 1990s, the Chilean monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system has represented a substantial part of the effort to improve the use of Chile's public resources within a broader context of multiple initiatives designed to modernize and improve public management in many areas. This close relationship with the budget has determined the primary characteristics of the Show More From its creation in the 1990s, the Chilean monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system has represented a substantial part of the effort to improve the use of Chile's public resources within a broader context of multiple initiatives designed to modernize and improve public management in many areas. This close relationship with the budget has determined the primary characteristics of the M&E system, in both its design and operations. For this reason, special attention is paid to (1) the role played by M&E within the Ministry of Finance in the Budget office (Dirección de Presupuestos--DIPRES), and the National Congress; (2) the coordination of the different components and instruments around the cycle of budget formulation, discussion, and approval; and (3) the use of M&E information in decision-making processes.

Connecting Evaluation and Budgeting

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Evaluation is an essentialtoolfor good budgeting and a core element of any well‐designed government‐wide performance budgeting system. Evaluation has a crucialrole to play in providing the performance information necessary tomaximize the effectiveness of budgeting as a toolfor expenditure prioritization and forthe promotion of effective and efficientservice delivery. Evaluation is an essentialtoolfor good budgeting and a core element of any well‐designed government‐wide performance budgeting system. Evaluation has a crucialrole to play in providing the performance information necessary tomaximize the effectiveness of budgeting as a toolfor expenditure prioritization and forthe promotion of effective and efficientservice delivery.

Program Classification for Performance-Based Budgeting: How to Structure Budgets to Enable the Use of Evidence

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This guide provides practical guidance on how to define programs and their constituent elements under a program budgeting system. This guide provides practical guidance on how to define programs and their constituent elements under a program budgeting system.

The Government Monitoring and Evaluation System in India: A Work in Progress

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A surge in public expenditure driven by economic growth has occurred in India, which in turn has resulted in a growing demand for monitoring and evaluation and performance management from government, program implementers, international donor organizations, and civil society at large. There is evidence that key macroeconomic policy makers are also concerned about quality in public spending and Show MoreA surge in public expenditure driven by economic growth has occurred in India, which in turn has resulted in a growing demand for monitoring and evaluation and performance management from government, program implementers, international donor organizations, and civil society at large. There is evidence that key macroeconomic policy makers are also concerned about quality in public spending and better outcomes from public investments. In the light of this, the Indian government has taken initiatives to improve the monitoring and evaluation environment.

The Government Monitoring and Evaluation System in India: A Work in Progress

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A surge in public expenditure driven by economic growth has occurred in India, which in turn has resulted in a growing demand for monitoring and evaluation and performance management from government, program implementers, international donor organizations, and civil society at large. There is evidence that key macroeconomic policy makers are also concerned about quality in public spending and Show MoreA surge in public expenditure driven by economic growth has occurred in India, which in turn has resulted in a growing demand for monitoring and evaluation and performance management from government, program implementers, international donor organizations, and civil society at large. There is evidence that key macroeconomic policy makers are also concerned about quality in public spending and better outcomes from public investments. In the light of this, the Indian government has taken initiatives to improve the monitoring and evaluation environment.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Some Tools, Methods and Approaches

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Government officials, development managers and civil society are increasingly aware of the value of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of development activities. M&E provides a better means of learning from past experience, improving service delivery, planning and allocating resources, and demonstrating results as part of accountability to key stakeholders. Yet there is often confusion about Show MoreGovernment officials, development managers and civil society are increasingly aware of the value of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of development activities. M&E provides a better means of learning from past experience, improving service delivery, planning and allocating resources, and demonstrating results as part of accountability to key stakeholders. Yet there is often confusion about what M&E entails. This booklet therefore presents a sample of M&E tools, methods and approaches, including several data collection methods, analytical frameworks, and types of evaluation and review. For each of these, a summary is provided of the following: their purpose and use; advantages and disadvantages; costs, skills, and time required; and key references. The booklet discusses Performance indicators, The logical framework (logframe) approach, Theory-based evaluation, Formal Surveys, Rapid appraisal methods, Participatory methods, Public expenditure tracking surveys, Impact evaluation, Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Towards Building Performance-Oriented Management in China: The Critical Role of Monitoring and Evaluation and the Long Road Ahead

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This paper examines the status of performance management in China today to provide an overview of the evolution and progress of reforms implemented. Because performance management reforms are at an early stage, there is not yet much information on progress and achievements. Instead, this paper will examine the institutional and organizational structure of the Chinese economy and the principal Show MoreThis paper examines the status of performance management in China today to provide an overview of the evolution and progress of reforms implemented. Because performance management reforms are at an early stage, there is not yet much information on progress and achievements. Instead, this paper will examine the institutional and organizational structure of the Chinese economy and the principal actors in performance management to assess the prospects for change. The main emphasis is on the approaches followed by the Ministry of Finance and the National Audit Office--the key agencies in the early stages of reform.