World Bank Evaluator to Release Research Data

27 January 2012

The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group Jan. 27 announced that it has made available the data backing up its review of the Bank’s governance and anticorruption efforts (GAC).

The, IEG has disclosed “its entire data set of results from its desk review of GAC elements in Bank projects and country programs.” The office further explained, “Disaggregated data include peer-reviewed responses for all the questions addressed by evaluators in each of the projects and country programs in the evaluation sample.  These data provide the basis for the econometric analysis of the GAC responsiveness of Bank operations before and after the launch of the 2007 strategy.”

Calling the disclosure “an important step in enhancing the transparency and accessibility of its analyses and ratings from one of its flagship operations,” the IEG explained, “The disclosure is also intended to make data available to development practitioners and researchers outside the Bank including those in governments, other donor agencies, and research and academic institutions around the world.”

The IEG said that “one possible value added of this disclosure is that IEG’s approach to benchmarking GAC elements in projects and programs could be adapted and applied more extensively by developing countries or other donor agencies.”

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