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Measuring Up: When “What Works” Doesn’t

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Measuring Up: When “What Works” Doesn’t
What an essay about closing the achievement gap in US public schools tells us about “what works” in international developmentWhat an essay about closing the achievement gap in US public schools tells us about “what works” in international development

World Bank Group Evaluation Principles

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This document, World Bank Group Evaluation Principles, sets out core principles for evaluation as well as underlying principles for selecting, conducting, and using evaluations, as relevant to the World Bank Group’s mission, and each institution’s mandate, system of governance, and operating environment. It is informed by international evaluation principles and good practice standards and builds Show MoreThis document, World Bank Group Evaluation Principles, sets out core principles for evaluation as well as underlying principles for selecting, conducting, and using evaluations, as relevant to the World Bank Group’s mission, and each institution’s mandate, system of governance, and operating environment. It is informed by international evaluation principles and good practice standards and builds on knowledge of current practices and processes around evaluation in the World Bank Group. In agreeing to this common set of principles, we aim to enhance development results by strengthening accountability and learning through evaluation.

IEG Work Program and Budget (FY20) and Indicative Plan (FY21-22)

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To maximize its relevance and value added for the World Bank Group (WBG), IEG will align its work program with WBG strategic priorities. IEG also aims to maintain a clear line of sight with the WBG mission and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as with commitments made in the IBRD and IFC Capital Packages and in the context of IDA replenishments. Furthermore, IEG will keep an Show MoreTo maximize its relevance and value added for the World Bank Group (WBG), IEG will align its work program with WBG strategic priorities. IEG also aims to maintain a clear line of sight with the WBG mission and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as with commitments made in the IBRD and IFC Capital Packages and in the context of IDA replenishments. Furthermore, IEG will keep an increased focus on outcomes, countries, clients, and beneficiaries in its work, and aim to foster a greater outcome orientation throughout the WBG. To achieve this strategic vision, IEG will focus its work program on the key development effectiveness questions that the institution and its clients are most concerned about. For each of these questions, we will strive to answer “why”, “how, “where”, “when”, and “for whom” specific interventions or programs have achieved results or not. By working more closely with operational units and other evaluation initiatives across the WBG, we will seek to significantly enhance IEG’s value added for the Board and WBG management. The work program will be anchored around a series of “streams”, building evidence over time on connected themes and trying to bridge between project, country, sector and strategic impact: Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV), Gender, Maximizing Finance for Development, Human Capital, Climate Change, Growth and Transformation. In addition, IEG will work along an ‘effectiveness’ cross-cutting stream, aimed at examining systemic issues in WBG effectiveness, as well as working towards building a stronger outcome focus for WBG operations and strategies.

Taking Evaluative Evidence (well) Into the 21st Century

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IEG's contribution to gLOCAL Evaluation Week includes one session, "Advances in Evaluative Evidence", and one course, "Using Geospatial Data for Evaluation".IEG's contribution to gLOCAL Evaluation Week includes one session, "Advances in Evaluative Evidence", and one course, "Using Geospatial Data for Evaluation".

Heeding Hirschman in evaluation: finding out fast versus finding out slow

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Heeding Hirschman in evaluation: finding out fast versus finding out slow
How evaluators can counteract potential threats to validity in the face of complexity and practical constraints.How evaluators can counteract potential threats to validity in the face of complexity and practical constraints.

Collateral damage: the pitfalls of quantitative measures of success

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Collateral damage the pitfalls of quantitative measures of success
An evaluator’s perspective on "Weapons of Math Destruction"An evaluator’s perspective on "Weapons of Math Destruction"

A Return to the World Bank Group

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A Return to the World Bank Group
A new year, a new beginning! A new year, a new beginning!

Five ways to think about quality in evaluation

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Five ways to think about quality in evaluation
Five frameworks to build greater understanding of the building blocks of quality, and to enhance quality in evaluation.Five frameworks to build greater understanding of the building blocks of quality, and to enhance quality in evaluation.

In Conclusion…

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In Conclusion
The third and final post of IEG Director General Caroline Heider's retrospective.The third and final post of IEG Director General Caroline Heider's retrospective.

The Three Pillars of a Working Evaluation Function: IEG's Experience

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The Three Pillars of a Working Evaluation Function
The second in a 3-part retrospective series by Director General Caroline Heider.The second in a 3-part retrospective series by Director General Caroline Heider.