ADB Evaluation Week 2023

As global economies recover from the recent economic downturn and health crisis, countries continue to face challenges from uncertainties arising from climate change and diminishing natural resources. These have led to slowing the process towards the earlier envisioned Sustainable Development Goals. Approaches on sustainability and resilience; sustained and inclusive partnerships together with innovative evaluation are key to forging ahead in 2023 and beyond. With this backdrop, the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW) aims to focus on innovations in evaluation that will contribute towards revitalizing and accelerating recovery processes within institutions and country systems. The theme for the 2023 AEW is Beyond Recovery: Evaluation for Development Effectiveness. 3ie will be leading a parallel session and participating in two other sessions at the conference.

Start Date: 11 September 2023 End Date: 14 September 2023

Sessions for the 2023 AEW are organized around the following identified subthemes:

  • Sustainability and Resilience Subtheme 1: Sustainability and Resilience
  • Inclusive partnership Subtheme 2: Inclusive partnership
  • Innovations in Evaluation Subtheme 3: Innovations in Evaluation

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3ie sessions at Asian Evaluation Week 2023

12 September

Parallel Session 10 - Going big, going small, and going outside your comfort zone: pushing the boundaries of development effectiveness evaluations

    In this session organized by 3ie, participants learnt about illustrative examples of panelists’ organizations applying innovative evaluation approaches to respond to the growing and sometimes conflicting demands of development evaluation as well as an interactive online resource developed by 3ie and partners to assist matching evaluation questions with appropriate evidence approaches.


    • Julian Glucroft, Associate Director, MCC
    • Neelakshi Mann, Program Director, Asia, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
    • Jeffrey Chelsky, Manager, Economic Management and Country Programs Unit, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank (WB)
    • Tara Marwah, Policy and Project Development Manager, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Philippines
    • Douglas Glandon, Chief, Strategic Innovations, 3ie (Chair)

    13 September 2023

    Parallel Session 14 - Building Resilience and Accountability: Motivating Policy Makers to use knowledge and evaluative evidence

    This session drew on findings from a series of recent IEG evaluations that illustrate the challenges in bringing together the producers and consumers of knowledge within the World Bank. On invitation from 3ie, Shri Charanjit Singh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, presented the findings from India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission, and how the research evidence has informed the government policies in improving the program.


    • Jeffrey Chelsky, Manager, Economic Management and Country Programs Unit, IEG, WB
    • Erik Bloom, Principal Evaluation Specialist, IED, ADB  
    • Charanjit Singh, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India  
    • Julian Glucroft, Associate Director, MCC
    • Tseveengerel Amgalan, Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Authority of Government Supervisory, Mongolia
    • Mark Sundberg, Chief Economist and and Deputy Vice-President, MCC (Chair)

    Parallel Session 18 - The Communication Rhapsody

    Feedback and communication of evaluation results is an integral part of the evaluation cycle. Effective feedback contributes to improving development policies, programs, and practices by providing policymakers with the relevant evaluation information for making informed decisions. In this interactive session, the discussants highlighted challenges and good practices followed by their organization on how to get the lessons across to target audiences, preferred methods of communicating, what works and what does not. 3ie’s Neelakshi Mann presented the organizations approaches to stakeholder engagement by citing examples from 3ie programs and projects.


    • Jeffrey Chelsky, Manager, Economic Management and Country Programs Unit, IEG, WB
    • Neelakshi Mann, Program Director, Asia, 3ie  
    • Saleha Waseem, Senior Evaluation Specialist, IED, ADB (Chair)