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Vinod Thomas, Director-General of ADB’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED), underscored the importance of paying attention to lessons to improve the effectiveness of development initiatives.

“To the extent the lessons are heeded, there would be a better chance that investments and policies are based on development effectiveness rather than politics and special interests,” wrote Thomas in his blog post.

Thomas cited three ways how evaluation results make a difference.

  • Conducting assessments of investments allows them to be expanded on the basis of the results obtained.
  • Evaluations bring out complementary factors necessary for development success.
  • There are emerging avenues of action, where past experience may not provide a sufficient guide for the future.

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