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The World Bank and the legacy of the Wapenhans report

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Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality of its projects. This blog, the second of a two-part series, takes stock of the progress achieved and ongoing challenges. Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality of its projects. This blog, the second of a two-part series, takes stock of the progress achieved and ongoing challenges.

2022: Independent Evaluation Group Validation of the Management Action Record

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The Management Action Record (MAR) system tracks follow-up to IEG evaluations. This document validates management’s self-assessment covering FY18–­­21.The Management Action Record (MAR) system tracks follow-up to IEG evaluations. This document validates management’s self-assessment covering FY18–­­21.

How the Wapenhans report came to change the World Bank 30 years ago

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Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality and results of its projects. This two-part blog series takes stock of where the World Bank is 30 years after this influential evaluation.Thirty years ago, the Wapenhans report sounded the alarm over the World Bank’s worsening portfolio quality and sparked changes in how the Bank manages the quality and results of its projects. This two-part blog series takes stock of where the World Bank is 30 years after this influential evaluation.

Are measurement practices delivering an accurate picture of World Bank performance?

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A closer look at project-level targets and indicators reveals room for improvement in results measurement.A closer look at project-level targets and indicators reveals room for improvement in results measurement.

🎧 Learning from Data Innovation

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Learning from Data Innovation
Data are vital for understanding the progress and impact of development strategies. New technologies coupled with increased computing power are creating opportunities for gathering and analyzing ever larger amounts of data from a greater range of sources. In addition, remote data collection has played an important role in getting around the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the Show More Data are vital for understanding the progress and impact of development strategies. New technologies coupled with increased computing power are creating opportunities for gathering and analyzing ever larger amounts of data from a greater range of sources. In addition, remote data collection has played an important role in getting around the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But innovative use of technology began before the pandemic. How have new technologies influenced data gathering and use, and what are their implications for learning from evidence and for evaluating development? Host Brenda Barbour speaks with Jos Vaessen, IEG's methods advisor. Listen on  Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. Related Resources: Evaluation Methods Resources World Bank Support to Reducing Child Undernutrition: An Independent Evaluation Managing Urban Spatial Growth: World Bank Support to Land Administration, Planning, and Development Why evaluators should embrace the use of geospatial data during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and beyond Adapting evaluation designs in times of COVID-19 (coronavirus): four questions to guide decisions Conducting evaluations in times of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Development Effectiveness of the Use of Doing Business Indicators

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This evaluation assesses the strategic relevance of the Doing Business indicators to both the development agenda of the World Bank Group and the reform priorities of its client countries. It also examines the extent to which the use of the indicators, including the discontinued ease of doing business country rankings, contributed to development effectiveness.  This evaluation assesses the strategic relevance of the Doing Business indicators to both the development agenda of the World Bank Group and the reform priorities of its client countries. It also examines the extent to which the use of the indicators, including the discontinued ease of doing business country rankings, contributed to development effectiveness. 

Guidance Manual for Evaluators: ICR Reviews for Development Policy Financing (DPOs)

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This manual provides guidance to evaluators preparing ICRRs on ICRs for development policy finance operations. It provides guidance for, and gives examples of, how to structure ICRRs with respect to content, presentation, and ratings. It also provides guidance on the preparation of ICRRs for development policy finance operations in fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) situations to better Show MoreThis manual provides guidance to evaluators preparing ICRRs on ICRs for development policy finance operations. It provides guidance for, and gives examples of, how to structure ICRRs with respect to content, presentation, and ratings. It also provides guidance on the preparation of ICRRs for development policy finance operations in fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) situations to better reflect their particular characteristics and realities and make the ICRR a better tool for learning.

Outcome Ratings Increase Across Entire World Bank Group

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While the RAP 2021 presents encouraging results, as the impact of the pandemic continues to permeate Bank Group operations and outcome measurement systems, outcome ratings may decline in future reviews of the World Bank Group's development effectiveness.While the RAP 2021 presents encouraging results, as the impact of the pandemic continues to permeate Bank Group operations and outcome measurement systems, outcome ratings may decline in future reviews of the World Bank Group's development effectiveness.

🎧 Measuring Results in Global Development

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Measuring Results in Global Development
We are less than a decade from delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs touch on some of the most profound challenges facing humanity, such as ending poverty and reducing inequality. What does it mean to assess results on this massive agenda? Senior evaluator Estelle Raimondo and host Brenda Barbour talk about what they’ve learned about results measurement in global Show More We are less than a decade from delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs touch on some of the most profound challenges facing humanity, such as ending poverty and reducing inequality. What does it mean to assess results on this massive agenda? Senior evaluator Estelle Raimondo and host Brenda Barbour talk about what they’ve learned about results measurement in global development. How do we rethink Results Based Management to better support countries achieve their development outcomes? And what can the COVID-19 pandemic tell us about current results measurement practices? Listen on  Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher podcasts. Related resources Evaluation: The World Bank Group Outcome Orientation at the Country Level Blog: The Results Agenda Needs a Steer – What Could Be its New Course?

Results and Performance of the World Bank Group 2021

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This report, also known as the RAP, is the 2021 annual review of World Bank Group’s development effectiveness. The report assesses the Bank Group’s performance by analyzing the achievement of project and program objectives through validated ratings and presenting an in-depth analysis of possible drivers. This report, also known as the RAP, is the 2021 annual review of World Bank Group’s development effectiveness. The report assesses the Bank Group’s performance by analyzing the achievement of project and program objectives through validated ratings and presenting an in-depth analysis of possible drivers.