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How IDA Mesures Results

How IDA Measures Results
How IDA Measures Results

Achieving results on the ground has always been a priority for IDA. IDA’s strong commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) goals has further reinforced the importance of measuring, monitoring, and using results information effectively to answer the important question: How will we know we have succeeded?

Along with other development partners, the World Bank Group supports the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) initiative to make global partnerships more effective and results-oriented. MfDR involves using practical tools for strategic planning, risk management, progress monitoring, and outcome evaluation. -

The renewed emphasis on results represents a shift in the way the World Bank Group, including IDA, does business, and how it measures its effectiveness. It is going beyond tallying lending commitments or counting the number of schools built during the course of an education project, to measuring outcomes. Are children learning more? Were students better able to get jobs after completing their schooling? What impact is education having on other facets of community life? In other words, IDA speaks of results as real changes in people’s lives.

IDA’s two-tiered Results Measurement System strengthens the focus of IDA activities on development outcomes. It also allows donors to assess development effectiveness in general, as well as IDA’s effectiveness. To track trends in IDA-recipient countries, the system monitors 14 indicators grouped into four key areas: (i) growth and poverty reduction, (ii) public financial management and investment climate, (iii) human development, and (iv) infrastructure. -

To ensure that IDA-funded projects and programs are well designed, effective, and on track, IDA uses results indicators to monitor the quality and progress of its operations, from concept and design to implementation and completion.

Assessments are prepared at the design stage to determine whether country programs, projects, analytical and advisory activities are well aligned with country development programs, and have appropriate result frameworks in place. During the implementation phase, IDA works to strengthen monitoring and reporting on outputs and outcomes. Finally, country program and project completion reports help gauge the extent to which country objectives were met, as well as their contribution to development outcomes.

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