The Office of Evaluation and Oversight, established in 1999, undertakes independent and systematic evaluations of IDB Group’s strategies, policies, programs, activities, performance and delivery support systems. It disseminates findings of these evaluations so that recommendations can be used in the design, analysis and execution of new operations. OVE makes four types of evaluations: 


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The Office of Evaluation and Oversight is independent from IDB's Management. It has organizational and behavioral independence, and is free from external pressure and conflicts of interest according to the criteria established by the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the Multilateral Development Banks, of which the IDB is a founding member.

In this context, independence implies independence of judgment along with adequate independence in managing the resources that are reasonably necessary to reach an independent judgment, within the framework of general IDB's rules (procurement, budget, travel policies, etc).

OVE's findings, analyses, and conclusions are free from external influence at all stages of the process, including the planning of work programs and budget, formulation of terms of reference, staffing of evaluation teams, execution of evaluations and approval of reports.

See the following related documents for further information:

Good Practice Standards on Independence of International Financial Institutions' Central Evaluation Departments

Review Framework for the Evaluation Function in Multilateral Development Banks

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All evaluations produced by OVE comply with the IDB’s Access to Information Policy, ensuring that all information will be disclosed unless it is found on a narrow list of exceptions.

In May 2010, the IDB's Board of Executive Directors approved the new Access to Information Policy, which was enforced on January 1, 2011. The general principle of the new policy is to publicly disclose information unless one of the ten exceptions listed in the policy is applicable. Therefore, the documents and information produced by OVE comply with the new policy, aimed at fostering transparency and dissemination.

The new policy strengthens the IDB's commitment to transparency in all of its activities, ensuring that all information will be disclosed unless it is found on a narrow list of exceptions. The Policy establishes requirements for the timely availability of three types of information—operational, financial and institutional—and creates a two-stage review mechanism for instances in which access to information is denied.

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The Office of Evaluation and Oversight comprises a team of approximately 25 staff and 30 research fellows and consultants.
Pablo Alonso

Economics Principal Specialist

(202) 623-2970

César Boullión

Economics Principal Specialist


Anna Risi Vianna Crespo

Economics Senior Specialist

(202) 623 - 3891

Alicia M. Eckenrode

Resource Planning & Admin. Analyst

(202) 623 - 2679

Coral Fernandez

Water and Sanitation Lead Specialist

(202) 623-2322

Andrea Florimon

Resource Planning & Admin. Analyst

(202) 623-1261

Verónica M Gonzalez Diez

Economics Senior Specialist

(202) 623 - 3309

Ulrike Haarsager

Economics Lead Specialist


Monika Huppi

Economics Principal Advisor

(202) 623 - 3113

Ana María Linares

Economics Senior Advisor

(202) 623-2760

Angélica McInerney

Resource Planning & Admin. Analyst

(202) 623 - 2897

Roland Michelitsch

Economics Principal Specialist


Jose Claudio Pires

Economics Lead Specialist

(202) 623 - 2258

Juan Manuel Puerta

Economics Senior Specialist

(202) 623 - 3638

María Fernanda Rodrigo López

Senior Associate

(202) 623-2243

Jonathan Rose

Economics Lead Specialist

(202) 623-3156

Agustina Schijman

Economics Senior Specialist


Jose Ignacio Sembler

Economics Senior Specialist


Loreto Setién Santiáñez

Communications Associate

(202) 623-3862

Miguel Soldano

Asociado Senior en Tecnología de la Información

(202) 623 - 2377

Alejandro Soriano

Economics Principal Specialist

(202) 623 - 1684

Roni Szwedzki

Economista Especialista


Ivory Yong-Prötzel

Director of the Office of Evaluation and Oversight

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Annually, OVE develops a work program to evaluate the IDB Group that shows planned evaluations, proposed budget for the coming year and an indicative list of evaluations for the following year.
OVE’s multi-year work plan covers four areas: Country Program Evaluations, Sector and Thematic Evaluations, Project Evaluations and Corporate Evaluations.

Country Program Evaluations

These evaluations analyze the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the full range of IDB Group’s support to an individual borrowing country over a 4- to 5-year period. This usually corresponds to the time covered by the most recent Country Strategy. Each country program evaluation involves extensive discussions with IDB’s management and country counterparts.

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Sector and Thematic Evaluations

These evaluations provide in-depth analysis of IDB’s engagement on a specific sector while supplying lessons learned and advice on future strategic directions.

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Project Evaluations

These evaluations underpin all of OVE’s evaluation work – whether at the country, sector, thematic, or corporate level. An accurate picture of IDB Group’s results requires a clear understanding of the performance of the projects it supports.

Additionally, OVE has an important role in strengthening IDB Group’s overall evaluation “architecture” by validating management’s self-evaluations on project performance.

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Corporate Evaluations

These evaluations focus on the IDB Group’s own structure and processes and examine how they affect the development effectiveness of its work.

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OVE provides Evaluation Capacity Building to borrowing countries through cooperative evaluation agreements to develop evaluation networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal is to increase awareness of the use of evaluation for public administration around the Region.

OVE provides financial and in-kind support to Spanish and Portuguese speaking CLEAR centers in Latin America situated at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in México and the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil.

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