The Evaluation Cooperation Group (ECG) was established in 1996 to promote a more harmonized approach to evaluation methodology, following an assessment of the five major MDBs (the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the InterAmerican Development Bank and the World Bank).
In particular, the report of the assessment, Serving a Changing World: Report of the Task Force on Multilateral Development Banks (1996) stated that a "determined effort should be made to harmonize performance indicators and evaluation criteria, taking into account the differing circumstances of each institution. The heads of the five MDB evaluation units should meet on a regular basis to exchange experience, with this purpose in mind".
To promote evaluation harmonization among MDBs, the ECG has developed and uses Good Practice Standards (GPS) and benchmarking studies to assess the extent to which the GPS are applied by its members. The GPS cover:
In 2012, the ECG Big Book on Good Practice Standards was published as an online document to addresses overlaps noted in the individual GPSs, and resolves differences in terminologies, if any, without losing the original intent of the four GPS reports taken individually. It rearranges the individual GPSs, but there are no material changes or deviations from the original content. Members also work together on joint and meta-evaluations and discuss such evaluation issues as the independence of evaluation offices in MDBs, evaluability assessment, the results agenda of MDBs, and lessons learning and dissemination. The ECG has also developed a process for peer review of independent evaluation offices. Evaluation practice in members' central evaluation units has improved significantly since 1996, in light of the collaborative effort and information sharing facilitated by participation in the ECG. ECG has promoted not only harmonization but also evaluation independence, professionalism, lessons learning and cooperation.
ECG has a three-tier membership structure composed of: members, permanent observers and temporary observers. ECG currently has ten members and three permanant observers. Temporary observers are institutions in the process of applying for full membership. In 2011, ECG members established a formal process for institutions applying for ECG membership. Full details on membership criteria and applications are available in the document ECG Membership Process (see below).
At the ECG Spring 2014 meeting held in Johannesburg (April 2014), the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank were welcomed as ECG members. At the ECG Spring 2022 meeting held in Washington DC, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration officially became ECG's newest members.
At the ECG Fall 2014 meeting held in Washington DC from 4-5 December, ECG members took note of the CEB's unilateral decision to withdraw its application for ECG membership. As a result, the Evaluation Department of the CEB will no longer be able to participate in ECG meetings or work streams as a regular observer.
ECG members and observers meet twice a year (Spring and Autumn) to discuss and share experiences on current evaluation issues. The meetings are hosted by the ECG Chair, the role of which rotates among ECG members.
2023 - African Development Bank
2022 - Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank Group
2021 - Inter-American Development Bank
2020 - European Investment Bank
2019 - Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (Spring) / Islamic Development Bank (Fall)
2018 - Asian Development Bank
2017 - International Fund for Agricultural Development
2016 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
2015 - Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), World Bank Group
2014 - African Development Bank
2013 - Inter-American Development Bank
2012 - European Investment Bank
2011 - Asian Development Bank
2010 - European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
2009 - World Bank Group
2008 - African Development Bank
2007 - Inter-American Development Bank
Updated October 2022
ECG contributes to excellence in evaluation by promoting:
ECG activities to promote the quality, usability and use of evaluation work in the IFI system include:
Improving the Quality of Independent Evaluation by:
Improving the Quality of Self-Evaluation in Member Institutions by:
Improving the Usability and Use of Evaluation Findings by:
Outreach to the Wider Evaluation and Development Community by: