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Research Series Issue 12 - An evidence-based assessment of IFAD’s end-of-project reporting
May 2017

Project Completion Reports (PCRs) are a critical tool for development organizations, both for accountability purposes, and as a means of learning from project experience to inform the design of future operations. This paper analyses a sample of PCRs from IFAD to assess the extent to which evidence is used to determine a project's effectiveness in bringing about development.

The report finds that most claims on results are not supported by evidence, and discusses implications for the objective measurement of development effectiveness.


Bia Carneiro and Alessandra Garbero