Evaluation & Measurement

Evidence on what works and why is sparse in anti-corruption. Find guidance on how to improve evaluations and measurement tools to inform policy and programme design.

The U4’s thematic work on evaluation and measurement addresses the lack of credible evidence on outcomes of anti-corruption interventions, which means that reforms can underperform or fail, or succeed without rewards. Understand how evaluations of anti-corruption activities can be improved and how to use measurement tools correctly.  

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Governance and Anticorruption: From Risks to Results

A video from the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank on the recently released evaluation of World Bank’s work in Governance and Anticorruption in country-level operations
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Author: IEG, World Bank
Release date: August 2011

World Bank Country-Level Engagement on Governance and Anticorruption

This evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank analyses the Bank’s Governance and Anticorruption (GAC) strategy. Entering its 4th year of implementation, the strategy seeks to increase the number of programs and projects addressing GAC issues. The strategy was also implemented as part of an ongoing internal reforms agenda, which has sought to create an enabling environment for the Bank to pursue the GAC agenda on multiple fronts—including its operational engagement in countries.

IEG assessed the relevance and effectiveness of the strategy and its first phase of implementation efforts over fiscal years 2008-10 by focusing on the country operational aspects of the GAC agenda. A key feature is its benchmarking of the Bank’s country-level engagement on GAC issues, before and after the 2007 strategy. The evaluation did not review the organizational restructuring of INT and related reforms to strengthen the Bank’s corporate investigations and sanctions regimes, following the Volcker Panel report. It also did not cover the organizational renewal of the World Bank Institute or individual global partnership programs with GAC themes (such as the Stolen Assets Recovery Program).

Author: Hanna, Bishop, Nadel, Scheffler, Durlacher
Release date: July 2011

The effectiveness of anti-corruption policy: what has worked, what hasn’t, and what we don’t know – a systematic review

This report provides findings from a systematic review on the effectiveness of micro-level anti-corruption strategies implemented in developing countries. The systematic review assessed 6300 studies and chose 14 studies which passed its exclusion criteria. The authors find convincing evidence that monitoring and incentive-based interventions have the potential to reduce corruption, at least in the short term. There is more limited evidence in favour of decentralisation.


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