Evaluations

OVE’s work plan covers four evaluation areas: country program evaluations, sector and thematic evaluations, project evaluations and corporate evaluations.

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  • OVE Annual Report 2017

    March 2018

    The work of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in 2017 focused on 15 major evaluations, summarized in this annual report. Additionally, the report includes a broader view of OVE's work in the last seven years, as well as the results of validations on the progress made by management impleme...

  • Snapshot: 2017 OVE Annual Report

    March 2018

    The work of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in 2017 focused on 15 major evaluations and this annual report. In undertaking this work OVE specialists visited 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, reviewed over 1,000 Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) projects, and in...

  • Assessing Firm-Support Programs in Brazil

    December 2017

    Increasing productivity is generally considered to be the only sustainable way of improving living standards in the long term. The Brazilian economy has had periods of strong growth, particularly until 2010, but the country has performed poorly in terms of aggregate productivity. The federal governm...

  • Assessing Firm-Support Programs in Brazil: Executive Summary

    December 2017

    This study provides an overview of various Brazilian programs of firm support — including productive finance, business consulting, value chain, export promotion, and innovation support — as well as an assessment of the effects of a subset of these programs on productivity, employment, and real wages...

  • IDB and IIC Project Performance: OVE’s Review of 2016 Project Completion Reports a...

    October 2017

    Assessing the results of individual development operations is essential to learning what works and what does not and thus to increasing the effectiveness of investments in development. The purpose of this independent review is to ensure the accuracy and credibility of the project performance reporti...

  • Approach Paper: A Review of IDB Group's Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Problem Projects

    July 2017

    As part of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight’s 2017 work program, the Board asked OVE to review IDBG’s recent history of impaired projects, with an eye toward identifying lessons from past experience. These include the experiences and processes of the former Structured and Corporate Finance De...

  • OVE Annual Report 2016

    March 2017

    OVE's Annual Report summarizes and explores key themes from 15 evaluation published in 2016. Additionally, this report includes the results of OVE's first round of validations on the progress made by management implementing OVE's recommendations, tracked in the Recommendations Tracking System (ReTS)...

  • Background Note: Management's Implementation of OVE Recommendations

    March 2017

    This note presents the results of the first full validation of recommendations made by the Office of Evaluations and Oversight (OVE), endorsed by the Board and tracked in the Recommendations Tracking System (ReTS). It looks at the relevance and implementation of management's actions in response to t...

  • Comparative Project Evaluation of IDB Support to Low-income Housing Programs in Fo...

    March 2017

    This evaluation presents a comparative analysis of the support provided by the Inter-American Development Bank to housing and neighborhood upgrading programs in four countries: Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. These projects represent the universe of loans approved in the past de...

  • Urban Transport and Poverty: Mobility and Accessibility Effects of IDB-supported B...

    June 2016

    This evaluation expands a previous evaluation of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight of the BRT project results with respect to their objectives of improving mobility and access for the poor. It assesses the effects of Cali's and Lima's BRT systems on mobility and accessibility of the poor, with ...

  • Approach Paper: Review of the IDB Support to Housing Programs in the Caribbean

    May 2016

    During 2016, the Office of Evaluation and Oversight will conduct a comparative analysis of IDB's support to housing programs in four Caribbean countries: Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Barbados. The purpose of this evaluation is to contribute operational insights into the design of future...

  • Study on the Performance and Sustainability of Water and Sanitation Initiatives in...

    April 2016

    This evaluation looked at the performance and sustainability of 100 water systems that were installed in Paraguay between 2004 and 2010 as part of a project supported by the IDB. As part of the study, a technical review was conducted of the systems eight to ten years after entry into service, and in...

  • Approach Paper: An Evaluation of the Effects of IDB Supported BRT Systems on Mobil...

    March 2016

    Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems have become an increasingly popular approach to addressing mobility and environmental problems in urban areas in Latin America and around the world. Building on OVE's recent evaluation, this analysis of BRT Systems and Poverty in Cali and Lima aims to expand the afore...

  • OVE Annual Report 2015: Summary of Activities and Analysis of Policy-Based Lending...

    February 2016

    This is the second time the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Inter-American Development Bank prepares an Annual Report. As in last year's report, the first part provides a brief overview of the evaluation work OVE undertook in 2015. The second part addresses a special topic of current relev...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of Contingent Lending at the IDB

    February 2016

    In recent years, the IDB has created several contingent lending instruments designed to anticipate needs caused by external economic shocks or natural disasters. The Board of Executive Directors has requested OVE to study the recent use of contingent lending at the Bank, providing inputs to SPD's fo...

  • Comparative Case Studies: Review of IDB Institutional Support to the Conditional C...

    November 2015

    This document is part of the comparative evaluations developed by the Office of Evaluation and Oversight on projects financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This evaluation analyzes the support provided by the IDB for the implementation of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in t...

  • Evaluation of PROCIDADES

    October 2015

    This report presents the findings of the independent assessment of PROCIDADES a facility for financing integrated urban interventions by lending directly to Brazilian municipalities. As the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) moves forward with its strategy of strengthening its engage...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects

    June 2015

    Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems have become an increasingly popular approach to addressing mobility and environmental problems in urban areas in Latin America and around the world. In line with this trend, the IDB's support for BRT projects as well as other urban transport in Latin America and the C...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Cali Cas...

    June 2015

    This case study presents the main findings and lessons learned from implementing a BRT system in Cali, to inform a larger comparative case study evaluation of IDB-supported integrated mass transit projects. The case study seeks to identify factors that affected success and created challenges and bar...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Montevid...

    June 2015

    This case study evaluates the design, implementation, and results of the IDB-supported exclusive and preferential bus corridors financed in Montevideo through the Montevideo Urban Transportation Program, approved in 2008. It is part of the comparative urban transport evaluation conducted by the Offi...

  • Comparative Case Studies of Three IDB-supported Urban Transport Projects: Lima Cas...

    June 2015

    This case study, an input to a comparative project evaluation of IDB-supported urban transport projects, examines the project's design, implementation, results, and sustainability. It starts by presenting the context for the project and describing the project and IDB's participation. It then evaluat...

  • Approach Paper: OVE Annual Report 2015

    May 2015

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) has committed to produce its second annual report as part of its 2015 Board-approved work plan (RE-479-1). This approach paper sets out the proposed approach, drawing on lessons from the first exercise in 2014 and on suggestions made by the Board of Execu...

  • Approach Paper: Assessing Impacts of Productive Development Programs at the Firm L...

    May 2015

    As part of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight's (OVE) Work Program, OVE will conduct a comparative analysis of the main types of firm productivity enhancement-oriented programs (or productive development programs, PDPs) supported by the IDB Group (or Bank) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC...

  • Office of Evaluation and Oversight Annual Report 2013-2014: Evaluation Overview an...

    March 2015

    This first Annual Report reviews the past two years of OVE's work, 2013-2014. It is designed in two parts. Part I reports on OVE's recent evaluation activities and findings, on developments in the Bank's evaluation "architecture" (including management self-evaluations and OVE validations) during the...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluation of PROCIDADES

    November 2014

    Since the creation of the facility, 22 projects for over US$500 million have been approved, and about half of the approved amounts have been either disbursed or cancelled. Therefore, the time is now ripe for taking stock of the PROCIDADES facility. In doing so, OVE's independent evaluation will not ...

  • A Comparative Analysis of IDB Approaches Supporting SMEs: Assessing Results in the...

    October 2014

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, or the Bank) conducted an impact evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the main types of programs through which IDB has supported small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean...

  • Approach Paper: Comparative Case Studies: Review of IDB Support to Conditional Cas...

    June 2014

    The IDB has been one of the main supporters of the large expansion of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 15 years. These programs are designed to tackle poverty by encouraging certain outcomes, such as keeping children in school and attending health ch...

  • Approach Paper: OVE Annual Report

    May 2014

    This paper describes OVE's approach to the preparation of its 2014 Annual Report. As discussed in OVE's Proposed 2014-2015 Work Program and Budget (RE-462), OVE's annual reports will describe routine OVE activities, summarize keyevaluation findings and recommendations in the context of development ...

  • Land Regularization and Administration Projects: A Comparative Evaluation

    February 2014

    The main objective of this evaluation is to identify elements that have contributed to the greater or lesser success of a number of land regularization and administration projects; it also seeks, on the basis of these, to identify aspects of both design and execution that warrant special attention i...

  • Approach Paper: Sustainability of Water and Sanitation Interventions in Rural Area...

    January 2014

    The objective of the evaluation is to measure the sustainability of the Bank's interventions in the supply of water and sanitation services financed by the Water Supply and Sanitation Program for Small Communities (PR-0118). The evaluation starts by considering that, in order to achieve the developm...

  • Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2012

    December 2013

    The importance of evaluation as a tool to promote learning and improve effectiveness has been extensively recognized in the Bank and reflected in the attention given to evaluability. As a consequence, OVE is required by the IDB-9 Agreement to report annually on the evaluability of the Bank's portfol...

  • Fifth Independent Evaluation of SCF's Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise...

    September 2013

    Each year the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) of the Inter-American Development Bank prepares a set of Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSRs). This Fifth Independent Evaluation Report presents the annual independent validation of the XPRSs by the Office of Evaluation and Over...

  • Approach paper: Comparative Case Studies: IDB Supported Urban Transport Projects

    June 2013

    The IDB's support for Urban Transportation projects in Latin America has grown rapidly in recent years, with annual lending volume for the urban transport sector growing by 36% from 2005 to 2012, comprising more than 20 percent of the transport sector lending portfolio by 2012. This support is like...

  • The Implementation Challenge: Lessons From Five Citizen Security Projects

    June 2013

    Successful implementation is necessary for projects and programs to be effective. In this comparative project evaluation, OVE analyzes the effectiveness of the implementation strategy of five IDB-supported citizen security projects in Central America and the Caribbean. The evaluation uses evidence a...

  • Violence and Crime in Nicaragua: A Country Profile

    June 2013

    The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) conducted an evaluation of a cluster of citizen security projects. The main objective was to identify what factors explained the implementation performance of the projects, and what lessons could be learned from these experiences. This Background Paper pr...

  • Approach Paper: Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2012

    March 2013

    In 2011 OVE began using the DEM and the self-evaluation system as a way to assess the evaluability of the Bank's portfolio by validating the DEMs of a sample of projects. The first exercise was used as pilot to set the standards OVE would use and to inform the Board and Management of the new approac...

  • Review of the Project Completion Reporting System for Sovereign Guarantee Operatio...

    July 2012

    The IDB has made important investments in results measurement and reporting mechanism over the past few years. Although significant improvements have taken place, IDB's main mechanism for reporting on project-level results, the Project Completion Report (PCR), needs to improve. The limited usefulnes...

  • Fourth Independent Evaluation of SCF's Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercis...

    July 2012

    This report presents OVE's independent validation of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports fourth exercise (XPSRs), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF). The Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG)'s guidelines require the preparation of the XPSR in the same year they reac...

  • 2011 Evaluability Review of Bank Projects

    June 2012

    During the last decade, the IDB has strongly promoted an agenda to increase its capacity to report on results, with a particular focus on project evaluability. The first pilot exercise to validate the Development Effectiveness Matrix (DEM) of randomly selected projects began in October 2011. The obj...

  • Ex Post Evaluation of Mitigation Measures in the Samalayuca II and Monterrey III T...

    March 2011

    This evaluation conducts an ex post review of the mitigation measures in the Samalayuca II and Monterrey III thermal power generation projects in Mexico. In general, it can be concluded that both thermoelectric power plants took into account most of the environmental impacts and mitigation measures ...

  • Resettlement Processes and their Socioeconomic Impact: Porce II Hydroelectric Proj...

    March 2011

    This evaluation conducted a comprehensive analysis of the long-term socioeconomic impact on the resettled population in the context of the Porce II Hydroelectric Project in Antioquia, Colombia. The evaluation's results highlight the formalization of landholdings, as well as quality improvements in h...

  • Ex post Evaluation of the Impact of the Environmental Mitigation Measures for the ...

    February 2011

    This evaluation helps to address the need in literature on Environmental Impact Assessment during the monitoring of operations and ex post evaluations. It helps to develop innovative methodologies for ex post environmental assessments for both the IDB and borrowers. The evaluation uses environmental...

  • Third Independent Evaluation of Expanded Project Supervision Report (XPSR) Exercis...

    January 2011

    This report evaluates the third exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSRs), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF). The exercise represents a step toward full compliance with the Evaluation Cooperation Group's (ECG) guidelines, which require the validatio...

  • Evaluability Review of Bank Projects 2009

    October 2010

    This report has demonstrated a curious paradox: the term "evaluability" has become central to the Bank's understanding of how projects should be designed, but the actual evaluability of projects has deteriorated markedly when measured using a consistent methodology applied to three cohorts of projec...

  • Second Independent Evaluation of the Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise

    September 2009

    This report evaluates the second exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSR), prepared by the Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF) for a sampling of 14 projects --13 loans and one guarantee. All projects were approved between 2000 and 2003, and they were selected based o...

  • Evaluation of IDB's support to the Plan Puebla Panama Initiative

    February 2009

    The IDB has been supporting the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) since it was launched in 2001 by the Central American (CA) countries and Mexico as a regional strategy created to pursue economic and human development as well as to preserve the ecological wealth of the Mesoamerican region. OVE evaluated the ...

  • Evaluation of IDB Action in the Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastruct...

    April 2008

    The Initiative for Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA) was launched to work toward an enlarged South American economic space anchored in principles of sustainable, efficient, equitable development of the region. This report (RE-338) presents the findings of OVE's evaluati...

  • First Independent Evaluation of the Expanded Project Supervision Report Exercise

    August 2007

    This document evaluates the first exercise of the Expanded Project Supervision Reports (XPSR) elaborated by PRI in 2006. The XPSR exercise was done in order to comply with the Good Practice Standards (GPS) of the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the Multilateral Development Banks (ECG-MDB). This docu...

  • Impact Evaluation of a Youth Job Training Program in the Dominican Republic: Ex-Po...

    July 2006

    This document constitutes a comprehensive evaluation of Juventud y Empleo (JE), the training program financed by the Bank in the Dominican Republic since 1999. The Ex-Post Project Evaluation Report presents the basic information about the project: the context under it was developed, the basic design...

  • Impact Evaluation of PROJoven Youth Labor Training Program in Peru

    July 2006

    This document constitutes a comprehensive evaluation of the "Youth Labor Training Program" (PROJOVEN) which was designed by the IDB in 1996 through a technical cooperation and later financed by the Peruvian government. This report presents the basic information about the original program: the contex...

  • Impact Evaluation of the Job Training Component (PROCAJOVEN) of the Assistance Pro...

    July 2006

    The purpose of this report is to assess whether the job training program PROCAJOVEN has had positive impacts, i.e. to determine if it has increased the employability of its participants, and to determine whether the program has a positive payoff. The main objective of PROCAJOVEN is to "improve prosp...

  • Ex Post Project Evaluations 2004 Annual Report

    August 2005

    The Bank's Board approved a new Ex Post Policy (EPP) in October 2003, which mandated two new tasks to OVE: the review and validation of Project Completion Reports and the implementation of ex post project evaluations. The scope of this report (RE-308) is limited to the ex post project evaluation tas...

  • Development Effectiveness Report

    March 2002

    This report (RE-260) seeks to define what constitutes development among contemporary development finance institutions. The report looks at the historic evolution of the concept of development and at the instruments seen as most effective at promoting development, paying particular attention to defin...

 

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