Special Initiatives

Several important initiatives at the corporate and project level are under way to strengthen the Bank Group's ability to monitor and measure the quantitative and qualitative results of IDA and IBRD support:

• Core sector indicators. Since July 2009, the Bank has strengthened how it measures results by introducing the standardized core sector indicators in 26 sectors and themes, along with project beneficiaries and private capital mobilized: education; health; roads; water supply; micro and small and medium enterprises; access to urban services; information and communication technology; biodiversity; conflict prevention and postconflict reconstruction; social inclusion; participation and civic engagement; social protection; irrigation and drainage; agriculture extension and research; thermal power generation; hydropower; other renewable energy; transmission and distribution of electricity; sanitation; wastewater collection and transportation; wastewater treatment and disposal; forestry; land administration and management; pollution management and environmental health; energy efficiency in heat and power; and oil and gas.

Core sector indicators for additional sectors and themes are under discussion, and the scope of the exercise is being expanded to include the recipient-executed trust funds as well. This newly aggregated information supplements the more detailed project, country, and sector results data previously available. To facilitate the capture of these key data, Bank systems have been updated to allow teams to add relevant core sector indicators to the project results frameworks. These form the basis for the World Bank and the World Bank Group Scorecards.

• IDA at work and World Bank at work. Quantitative data—enhanced by the core sector indicators—is complemented by qualitative overviews at the country, sector, thematic, and project levels. These qualitative reviews illustrate how IDA and IBRD are supporting government development programs that make a difference, whether the effort is bolstering governance to end extreme poverty in Bangladesh, boosting agricultural competitiveness in Burkina Faso, equipping the judicial system to promote justice in Ethiopia, or bringing clean water to communities in Rwanda.

• Implementation completion reports. When a project is completed and closed at the end of the loan disbursement period (a process that can take anywhere from 1 to 10 years), the World Bank and the borrower government document the results achieved, the problems encountered, the lessons learned, and the knowledge gained from carrying out the project. A World Bank operations team compiles this information and data in an Implementation Completion and Results Report, using input from the implementing government agency, cofinanciers, and other partners and stakeholders. The report is independently evaluated by the Independent Evaluation Group and is submitted to the Bank's Board of Executive Directors for information purposes. The knowledge gained from this results measurement process is intended to benefit similar projects in the future.

• DIME. Development Impact Evaluation is a global program hosted in the World Bank's Development Research Group. Its purpose is to increase the use of impact evaluation in the design and implementation of public policy and to increase the institutional capacity and motivation for evidence-based policy.

To ensure lasting gains, the World Bank Group helps partner countries develop the capacity to build their own statistical, information, and learning systems and design and implement effective programs. Financing and training are provided—for example, through the donor-supported Statistics for Results Facility—to upgrade government monitoring and evaluation systems and skills. This support is not limited to agencies that implement Bank-supported projects but also includes offices responsible for national planning and budgets. These important new efforts are strengthening the World Bank's ability to monitor and measure the size and quality of benefits flowing from World Bank Group support and to sustain achievements by building the capacity of partner countries through self-assessments in managing for development results.

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