Approach Paper: Country Program Evaluation: Dominican Republic (2009-2013)

Jun 2013
The Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) is preparing the Country Program Evaluation (CPE) for the Dominican Republic for the period 2009-2013. This approach paper defines the evaluation's scope.
This CPE ims to analyze the Bank's relationship with the country, taking an independent and holistic view, assessing in particular the program's relevance and effectiveness, including both financial and nonfinancial products offered by the
Bank during the period under analysis. This evaluation is intended as input for the new strategy document the Bank is preparing.

In 2009 the Bank's Management developed a new country strategy document model to equip the Bank with an effective tool to sharpen the country focus while ensuring the flexibility envisaged during the realignment process. In this framework, new
guidelines were drawn up that reformulate the country strategy to emphasize the need for results-focused, risk-based programming that takes a flexible, programmatic approach and responds to the country's needs. Apart from these general principles, the most significant practical effects of the new strategy papers were: (i) separation between the country strategy, which is prepared every four years, and actual programming, which is annual; (ii) a new emphasis on sector
notes; and (iii) strengthening the results matrix with specific indicators.

This CPE is the third occasion on which OVE has evaluated the Bank's program with the Dominican Republic. The previous evaluations covered the periods 1991-2003 (document RE-306) and 2004-2008 (document RE-371). This CPE covers the Bank's program for 2009-2013.