This document preceeds 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.
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.
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.
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. (to search ICR Reviews, see "Project Completion Validations")
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.
Thank you very much for these comments. Carmen Gomez-Trigg -- thank you for confirming some of our observations based on your experience. Typically after a major evaluation, IEG agrees with the Management of the World Bank Group on actions to address the major recommendations a few months after the evaluation is issued, so efforts to address the identified problems will be committed to and monitored over the next three years. Mario Martinez -- thank you for sharing your experience in El Salvador. Certainly there are questions whether some services are "supply driven" or reflective of genuine demand by SMEs. And your point about quality is key. Ketan Mandani -- We are evaluators rather than service providers, but typically the World Bank Group works through intermediary institutions and does not directly finance individual SMEs. Thus eligibility for an IFC-funded private intermediary (e.g. a bank or equity investment fund), for example, would be specific to that instiution.