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New Collaboration to Address Global Gaps in Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity

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New Collaboration to Address Global Gaps in Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity
For information, contact William Stebbins email: wstebbins@worldbank.org | tel: +1 (202) 458-7883   New York City, NY, January 13, 2020 – The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today marking the first step towards establishing a global partnership Show MoreFor information, contact William Stebbins email: wstebbins@worldbank.org | tel: +1 (202) 458-7883   New York City, NY, January 13, 2020 – The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) and the Independent Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today marking the first step towards establishing a global partnership to support evaluation capacity development. The IEG-UNDP collaboration comes at a time when the global demand for support to strengthen monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and capacities is high. Countries need effective M&E systems and capacities in order to track the progress on their national development strategies. The support to meet this demand, while growing, is often limited by scale and a lack of coordination. As part of this new collaboration, IEG and UNDP aim to pool resources, share knowledge and expertise, and leverage the comparative advantages of each institution for scaling up current initiatives and coordinating global efforts on building M&E systems and capacity. “This collaboration comes at a pivotal moment, as the ten-year countdown toward the Sustainable Development Goals begins,” said Indran Naidoo, UNDP Director of the Independent Evaluation Office. “Effective systems of monitoring and evaluation are critical for reaching the goals, as they allow countries to base policies on what has proven to work, and to monitor their progress to ensure no one is left behind.” “No single institution has the resources to address the current global gaps in monitoring and evaluation capacity,” said Alison Evans, World Bank Vice President and IEG Director-General. “Addressing the scale of the need will require coordinated efforts by broad coalitions, and this collaboration is a step in that direction, providing a foundation that can be built on.”  Along with coordinating activities and sharing resources, the two organizations will seek to expand their collaboration globally to include the range of countries and institutions involved in developing the capacity for monitoring and evaluation.   Read more about the current challenges in global M&E capacity and the need for joint action in a recent #WhatWorks blog post by IEG Director-General Alison Evans.   

Investing in Evaluation Capacity Development in India: Why it Matters Now More than Ever

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Investing in Evaluation Capacity Development in India: Why it Matters Now More than Ever
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Using Evaluation to Enhance the Performance of Development Partnerships

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Using Evaluation to Enhance the Performance of Development Partnerships
What do we know about the performance of partnership programs, and how can evaluation enhance their effectiveness? What do we know about the performance of partnership programs, and how can evaluation enhance their effectiveness?

Evaluation Capacity: Central to Achieving the SDGs

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Evaluation Capacity: Central to Achieving the SDGs
Now that the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) is drawing to a close, what's next? Now that the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear) is drawing to a close, what's next?

How complicated does the (Intervention) Model have to be?

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How complicated does the (Intervention) Model have to be?
Even though simple models are incomplete and inadequate for some questions, more elaborate models are not necessarily generating more accurate predictions or explanations of reality.Even though simple models are incomplete and inadequate for some questions, more elaborate models are not necessarily generating more accurate predictions or explanations of reality.

Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity

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Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity
This evaluation assesses how effectively the World Bank has supported development data production, sharing, and use, and suggests ways to improve its approach. This evaluation assesses how effectively the World Bank has supported development data production, sharing, and use, and suggests ways to improve its approach.

Evaluation Capacity Development

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Evaluation Capacity Development
Monitoring and Evaluation: A Closer Look The Global Evaluation Initiative  A global partnership to support evaluation capacity development IEG is a proud partner of the newly-launched Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), an inclusive global partnership committed to developing country-owned, sustainable monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks and Show MoreMonitoring and Evaluation: A Closer Look The Global Evaluation Initiative  A global partnership to support evaluation capacity development IEG is a proud partner of the newly-launched Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), an inclusive global partnership committed to developing country-owned, sustainable monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks and capacities to promote the use of evidence in public decision-making, enhance accountability, and achieve better results. Read more about GEI. Monitoring Involves continuous or ongoing collection and analysis of information about implementation to review progress; Compares actual progress with what was planned so that adjustments can be made in implementation; and Is an internal activity that is the responsibility of those who manage implementation procedures, thus representing  a good management practice. Evaluation Is a periodic assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and/or sustainability of an activity or intervention; Is a systematic search for answers about an intervention (project, program, or policy); and Measures the effects of an intervention and compares them with the goals and objectives of the intervention. Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) efforts strengthen and sustain both individuals and organizations to: Access, build, and implement evaluative knowledge and skills; Design, implement, and manage effective evaluation processes and findings; and Use evaluations as a performance improvement tool. By cultivating a spirit of continual learning and capacity development, organizations are able to guide their own team members, stakeholders, and others along a more direct path to program effectiveness and accountability.  ECD also fosters the implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) knowledge and practices. M&E, an essential component of results-based management, provides information for designing, implementing, and assessing the results of government, civil society, and private sector policies, programs, and projects.  Used well, M&E can help policymakers and program managers determine what works, what is not working, and why.  M&E in the public sector can also: Support evidence-based policymaking, particularly in the context of national budget cycle and national planning;   Guide ministries and agencies in managing activities at the sector, program, and project levels, including service delivery to beneficiaries; and Enhance accountability and transparency. IEG Evaluation Methods Paper Series The IEG Methods Papers Series offers publications on evaluation methodological research led by the IEG Methods Advisory Team, and other resources related to the promotion of evaluation knowledge. The publications are designed to provide evaluation professionals with guidance on methodological practices. ECD Initiatives Supported by the Independent Evaluation Group The Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) Globally, 91 percent of countries’ national development strategies—approved since 2015—refer to the 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); however, according to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, only 35 percent of them have reliable data and systems to track the progress of their policies and programs. In response to this global gap in M&E systems and capacities, GEI is an innovative partnership that brings together a broad and diverse coalition of governments, (inter)national and local development organizations, and M&E experts to pool financial and technical resources to coordinate and expand M&E efforts globally. The CLEAR Initiative The CLEAR Initiative is a collaborative global program founded by academic and bilateral and multilateral institutions to support evaluation capacity strengthening in developing countries. Conceived as an innovative approach to developing the M&E capacities of governments and civil society organizations (CSOs), it is based on South-South collaboration and is backed by prestigious academic institutions recognized for their excellence in the evaluation field. View the list of upcoming evaluation training sessions at regional CLEAR centers, and learn more about gLocal Evaluation Week, an annual week-long event to support local and global knowledge sharing and networking, promote the evaluation practice, and support evidence-based policy making. Events can take place anywhere around the world, in any language. International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. IPDET is managed jointly by the University of Berne (Center for Continuing Education and Center for Development and Environment), the Center for Evaluation at Saarland University (Germany) and the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. The unique training program runs annually in the summer, and brings together global expertise in development evaluation in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. IPDET strives to provide a program in which participants: enhance knowledge and skills of development evaluation learn about new topics and global trends, and network for collaboration and knowledge sharing. For more information about IPDET, visit www.ipdet.org. IEG’s Cooperation on Evaluation Initiatives  To promote evaluation learning amongst those interested in evaluation, IEG is committed to working with evaluation partners in other agencies and within the World Bank Group. Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG). IEG was a founding member in 1996 of ECG, developed to promote a more harmonized approach to evaluation methodology within multilateral development banks (MDBs).  Today ECG connects the leaders and staff of MDB evaluation functions for mutual learning and sharing of approaches.  Evaluation Network (EvalNet) of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).The Network on Development Evaluation is an international forum with a rich history that brings together evaluation managers and specialists from development co-operation ministries and agencies in OECD DAC member countries and multilateral development institutions. The network has been instrumental in developing key international norms and standards for development evaluation and promoting collaboration. The network’s guidance documents on evaluation have a wide influence on development evaluation practice and are frequently used in evaluations of development programs world-wide. Results Measurement and Evaluation Stream (RMES) of the World Bank Group. IEG is a founding member of RMES, which was launched in June 2014 is the first WBG-wide initiative bringing together talent, knowledge, and innovations to establish standards and provide operational solutions on results measurement and evaluation.

Impact Evaluations and Development: NONIE Guidance on Impact Evaluation

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IEG Impact Evaluations and Development, NONIE guidance on impact evaluations
This document discusses questions of what impact evaluation is about, when it is appropriate, and how to do it. The Network of Networks for Impact Evaluation (NONIE) was established in 2006 to foster more and better impact evaluations by its membership.NONIE uses the definition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), defining impacts Show MoreThis document discusses questions of what impact evaluation is about, when it is appropriate, and how to do it. The Network of Networks for Impact Evaluation (NONIE) was established in 2006 to foster more and better impact evaluations by its membership.NONIE uses the definition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), defining impacts as “[p]ositive and negative, primary and secondary long-term effects produced by a development intervention, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended” (OECD-DAC, 2002: 24). The impact evaluations that NONIE pursues are expected to reinforce and complement the broader evaluation work by NONIE members.

Rethinking Evaluation - Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

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Rethinking Evaluation - Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency
In times of resource constraints – have there ever been days without? – one would think “efficiency” is at the top of the agenda for almost everyone. Unfortunately, we have seen limitations to this evaluation criterion in definition and above all in practice.In times of resource constraints – have there ever been days without? – one would think “efficiency” is at the top of the agenda for almost everyone. Unfortunately, we have seen limitations to this evaluation criterion in definition and above all in practice.

Value for Money - Getting it Right During the Evaluation Process

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Value for Money - Getting it Right During the Evaluation Process
Why focus on Value-for-Money ? Isn't this part of evaluation practice well established by now? Why focus on Value-for-Money ? Isn't this part of evaluation practice well established by now?