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New Release: Discussion Paper on the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week



How does evaluation influence accountability?
How does evaluation enhance sustainability?
What forms of innovation exist in evaluation work, such as the use of technology?
How are collaborative partnerships in evaluation carried out?

These issues and more were deliberated strongly at the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW2023) event in Bangkok.

This discussion paper presents the main points from sessions at AEW2023 on key issues facing the evaluation community and the way forward for evaluation work.




Thank you for joining the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week!


It's a wrap for the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW). Thank you to everyone who joined us in Bangkok and to those who followed online. Find out who were at the 2023 AEW, check out the resources and session recordings in the session pages, view the photos of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4, and revisit the key takeaways by watching the daily highlights video in our 2023 AEW video playlist. See you at the 2024 AEW!

What is Asian Evaluation Week?


The Asian Evaluation Week (AEW) is a leading evaluation knowledge sharing platform in the Asia and Pacific region which brings together government officials, representatives of international organizations, and evaluation experts interested in exchanging knowledge, sharing experience, and learning the latest innovations in evaluation.

AEW is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Finance, PRC, through the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute (AFDI), and the Asian Development Bank’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED).

Why join AEW


Networking and peer learning

Regional representation from Africa, Americas (including Latin America & the Caribbean), Asia-Pacific (including Australia & Oceania), Europe, & Middle East


Knowledge exchange across sectors & thematic tracks

Organizational participation from academe, bilateral donors, evaluation associations, government, MDB/IFI, NGO, civil society, private sector, & UN agencies

2023 Agenda at a Glance


Day 1 - Sept 11

  • Registration
  • Opening Session
  • Knowledge Exchange on Theme and Subthemes
  • Cocktails

Day 2 - Sept 12

  • Recap
  • Knowledge Exchange on Theme and Subthemes

Day 3 - Sept 13

  • Recap
  • Knowledge Exchange on Theme and Subthemes

Day 4 - Sept 14

  • Recap
  • Knowledge Exchange on Theme and Subthemes
  • Closing Session

2023 AEW Subthemes


Sustainability and resilience


Sustainability and resilience


Inclusive partnership


Inclusive partnership


Innovations in evaluation


Innovations in evaluation



2023 Speakers


Regional Manager for Asia, South-South and Triangular Cooperation
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
Senior Professional, Independent Evaluation Office
New Development Bank (NDB)
Innovation Specialist, Evaluation Office
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Deputy Director General, Independent Evaluation Department (IED)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Highlights


The 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW), which was held from 11-14 September at the InterContinental Bangkok Hotel in Thailand, ended on a high note with a total of 212 participants from various organizations across 58 countries in attendance.
After four days of in-depth discussions and insightful sessions, the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW) has come to a close. Watch the highlights of Day 4 for today's takeaways.
It’s the fourth and last day of the 2023 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW). Here’s what’s in store for today...

Lessons and Insights

  • I would like to thank you for a very informative and impactful conference. The networking opportunities, topics and knowledge shared were incredibly valuable. We look forward to next year’s event and would love the opportunity to participate more actively and bring some of the DBSA’s experiences and challenges to the discussion.


    Saphira Surina Patel

    Head of Sustainability, Professional Insights
    Operations Evaluation Unit
    Development Bank of South Africa
  • I really appreciated the chance to be involved in the conference as well. I have just begun to become involved in impact evaluation and this conference allowed me to see it in a whole new light.


    Codey Abbey

    Project Manager
    Shaanxi Normal University, People’s Republic of China
  • Many thanks to you and your team for organizing such an engaging and meaningful dialogue. The overall conference was a sounding success thanks to your ability to build strong partnerships in the region and beyond.


    Oscar Garcia

    Director, Independent Evaluation Office
    UNDP
  • Thank you so much, Megan, Sonia and Xianbin, for your great insights which I learned so much from, and for your constructive and friendly collaboration which I very much appreciated… I have listened to a couple of other AEW sessions and thought they were also quite informative. So, big congratulations on this successful AEW!


    Takayoshi Kato

    Policy Analyst
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Thank you all so much for an excellent session – Taka, you were masterful in setting the stage and managing the flow! Also very interesting inputs from Sonia and Xiaobin as well, thank you so much for your insights. I thought it was a great discussion, appreciated it very much.


    Megan Grace Kennedy-Chouane

    Head, Evaluation Unit, Development Co-operation Directorate
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Those of us who were fortunate to experience the AEW have decided to initiate and encourage programs that will promote and formalize continuing evaluation of all things necessary to assist in our progress going forward in Federated State Micronesia. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions you or those responsible can provide to assist in our progression into this important area of evaluation.


    Ilhen Joseph

    State Auditor
    Office of the National Public Auditor
    Federated States of Micronesia
  • As evaluators we become too often beholden to our own findings, recommendations, and mandates. It has been great to discuss different perspectives and learnings with you.


    Andreas Reumann

    Head, Independent Evaluation Unit
    Green Climate Fund (GCF)
  • The forum gave us an opportunity to share our thoughts and experience (in government) on the topic. We look forward to continuing working with you and colleagues in the evaluation community as we advance the practice of evaluation in government.


    Arsenio Balisacan

    Secretary
    NEDA, Philippines
  • It is always good that we run out of time rather than running time down. We could go on for a further 30 minutes without [a] problem.


    Richard Jones

    Senior Evaluation Adviser, Independent Evaluation Office
    UNDP
  • Excellent moderator and superb behind the scenes work. Well done all round.


    Areef Suleman

    Director, Economic Research and Statistics Department
    IsDB
  • It is so nice to see AEW develop very well. Thank you very much for the opportunity to share thoughts with so many distinguished experts.


    Kouqing Li

    Director
    AMRO
  • Good presentations – there are lots of good lessons from all these experiences.


    Jane Mwangi

    Senior Evaluation Specialist, Evaluation Office
    UNICEF
  • Many thanks for the opportunity to showcase our work. Indeed it was quite a rich discussion and I hope the audience found it useful.


    Charu Wilkinson

    External Consultant
    Team Leader of the EIB’s CAB Evaluation
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