The COVID-19 pandemic and identification of recovery measures presented many challenges for traditional forms of independent post-evaluation. Evidence-based decision-making in an evolving context called for rapid assessments and actionable (timely and succinct) “need to know” findings and insights. Discussants will reflect on (a) their experience as evaluators in developing and using a decision maker-oriented evaluative learning approach; (b) the strengths, challenges and potential synergies inherent in such early and ‘fast-lane’ assessments; and (c) and their applicability beyond crisis response as a complementary tool to traditional post-evaluation.
Riccardo Polastro, Chief Evaluation Officer, Evaluation Office, World Health Organization (WHO)
Véronique Salze-Lozac'h, Chief Evaluator, Evaluation Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Megan Grace Kennedy-Chouane, Head of Evaluation Unit, Development Cooperation Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Irene Bain, Head, Learning and Evaluation, Complaints-resolution, Evaluation and Integrity Unit (CEIU), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Rachel Thompson, Executive Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Marvin Taylor-Dormond, Managing-Director, CEIU, AIIB