Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV)
Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) is an independent and impartial unit dedicated to enhancing the development effectiveness of the African Development Bank in its regional member countries through:
- independent and instrumental evaluations
- oversight over self-evaluation processes and products, and
- proactive engagement in evaluation partnerships and knowledge-sharing activities.
The three objectives of IDEV’s independent evaluation
IDEV’s core objectives are:
- to contribute to enhanced learning
- to provide a basis for accountability, and
- to promote an evaluation culture within the Bank and regional member countries.
IDEV undertakes evaluations of completed projects, sector policy reviews, country assistance evaluations, business process reviews, and other studies relevant to the Bank’s policies, operations, and results. Additionally, IDEV is also tasked with the oversight of the overall evaluation system within the Bank; the internal and external communication of evaluation findings and lessons; and the promotion of evaluation capacity development.
IDEV’s evaluations provide compelling lessons for the direction of future projects. They highlight the factors that have been shown to determine success across sectors (infrastructure or water for example), themes (e.g. poverty or health), regions (projects across borders) or countries. Lessons learned also identify the issues that most commonly hinder outcomes and highlight the areas where specific attention in programme design and implementation can produce the most positive impact.
IDEV enjoys organizational and behavioural independence; it is protected from outside influences and pressure and avoids conflicts of interest. The Evaluator-General reports directly to the Bank’s Board of Directors through its Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness (CODE). CODE maintains oversight of IDEV’s work, endorses and recommends IDEV’s work program and the associated budget to the Board of Directors for approval, and ensures that the department’s budget is ‘ring fenced’ and insulated from management influence.
IDEV produces an annual report which monitors its progress against the strategic objectives.
IDEV undertakes evaluations of completed projects, sector policy reviews, country assistance evaluations, business process reviews, and other studies relevant to the Bank’s policies, strategies, operations, and results. Additionally, IDEV is also tasked with the oversight of the overall evaluation system within the Bank; the internal and external communication of evaluation findings and lessons; and the promotion of evaluation capacity development.
Evaluations and knowledge sharing
IDEV also produces Evaluation Matters, a quarterly magazine on development and evaluation issues distributed to a wide network of stakeholders.
Evaluation Capacity Development
IDEV engages in developing the evaluation capacity of the Bank and its RMCs. The approach taken is to support evaluation institutions and organizations in Africa to build capacity to supply evaluation and to raise demand for their use.
The History of Evaluation within the AfDB
First evaluation undertaken at the AfDB
First evaluation unit set up
Unit becomes the Operations Evaluation Office, reporting to the President
The Operations Evaluation Office is upgraded to a department
The Operations Evaluation Department is placed under the umbrella of the newly created Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness
The function of the Operations Evaluation Department is reviewed and a Presidential Directive defining the department’s mandate is issued
The Board of Directors approves the independent evaluation policy and functional responsibilities of the Operations Evaluation Department
OPEV undertakes a self-assessment that forms the basis for a revised Independent Evaluation Policy and a new Independent Evaluation Strategy, and informs the Rolling Work Programme for 2013-2015
OPEV changes its name from operations evaluation to Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) to better reflect its independence and its mandate
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