IEG is charged with evaluating 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). The goal of evaluation is to influence the World Bank Group's ability to achieve development outcomes globally and with partner countries by providing impartial, evidence-based assessments and lessons on drivers of success and failure.


Evaluation Categories

  • Annual Reviews: Annual assessments of the activities of the World Bank Group.
  • Approach Papers: This document precedes an IEG evaluation and provides information on the key questions, rationale, scope, and evaluation approach.
  • Annual Review of Development Effectiveness: These annual reviews are a meta-evaluation that provide a comprehensive assessment of the Bank's development effectiveness. They offer a broad assessment of the Bank's contribution to development effectiveness, drawing on project evaluations and IEG sector, thematic and country reviews.
  • Corporate and Process Evaluations: Reports on WBG activities, policies, and process-related issues.
  • Country-Focus Evaluations: Country Assistance Evaluations examine Bank performance in a particular country, usually over the past four to five years, and report on its conformity with the relevant Bank Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and on the overall effectiveness of the specific CAS.
  • E-Books: Digital books of select IEG evaluations
  • Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD): Resources to improve monitoring and evaluation efforts. These include "how to" publications and working papers. For more on ECD, click here.
  • Global Program Reviews: (including Global Program Reviews and Global and Regional Partnership Program Reviews): Programmatic partnerships in which the partners dedicate resources, the activities of the program are global, regional or multicountry in scope, and the partners establish a new organization with shared governance and a management unit to deliver activities. For more on Global Programs, click here.
  • Knowledge and Learning Resources: Resources that offer access to key findings, recommendations, lessons, and knowledge-products drawn from the World Bank Group's development experiences. These include lesson notes, briefs, summaries, cluster reports and working papers.
  • Project-completion validations: Desk-based exercises to validate WBG self-evaluation reports.
  • Project-level Evaluations: Completed projects are evaluated through Project Performance Assessment Reports (PPARs) and Implementation Completion Report (ICR) Reviews. They are carried out after Bank funds have been fully disbursed to a project, are similar to the completion evaluations carried out by many agencies.
  • Sector and Thematic Evaluations: Thematic Reviews examine Bank performance and experience in a lending sector (such as agriculture, transport, and the like) or thematic area (poverty, gender, and so forth) over five to ten years and report on their conformity to Bank policy and good practice, as well as on the development effectiveness of the Bank's activities.
  • Systematic Reviews and Impact Evaluations: These include ex-post impact evaluations, systematic reviews of Impact Evaluation (IE) literature, and assessments of the relevance and effectiveness of IE work in the World Bank Group.
Official Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013