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In his recent blog, Vinod Thomas, Director General of ADB’s Independent Evaluation Department, wrote some of the surprising outcomes that result from independent evaluation.

“Evaluation findings often confirm strongly held and highly intuitive views. For instance, some studies show that quality of project design or investment in institutions aids project success. But sometimes evaluation also gives surprising results,” said Thomas.

He listed the following five surprising independent evaluation results:

  1. Simple is not always better.
  2. The likely benefits of safeguards exceed their costs.
  3. Development effectiveness does not hurt private sector profitability.
  4. Project success does not always mean sectoral or thematic success.
  5. Evaluation ratings do not adequately account for innovation.

Know more about these five surprising results by reading his blog here.

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