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Evaluation: how we work

Evaluation at the CEB is organised on the basis of cycles, covering a range of operations classified under the same sector of action, that have a similar approach or common objectives, or that employ a comparable financial instrument.

The first steps in launching an evaluation cycle are an analysis of the Bank’s project portfolio and a review of international good practices in the sector. An analytical framework is prepared, which establishes the methodological fundamentals and criteria to be applied systematically to the individual evaluations within a given cycle. This ensures comparability of approaches and findings as well as the appropriate analyses. 

Evaluations of individual CEB-financed operations are the building blocks of an evaluation cycle. At the same time, these evaluations constitute a key self-standing product of the CEB evaluation system. 

Evaluations are an opportunity to dialogue with stakeholders at all levels (international, national and local) on the final outcomes of CEB-financed operations, and in particular, the social effects of the CEB loans. 

Evaluation provides an assessment of the performance of CEB-financed operations using internationally recognised evaluation criteria and drawing on evidence collected through qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. A final aggregate rating summarises the overall performance of the evaluated operation. 

The evaluation cycle culminates in an Evaluation Synthesis focusing on emerging overarching strategic- and corporate-level issues pertaining to the given sector of action or specific theme.