Anna Brandt, WBG Executive Director discusses DOTS
Monitoring and Tracking Results
We use our Development Outcome Tracking System (DOTS) to measure the development results of IFC’s investment and advisory services. Among international financial institutions focused on private sector development, DOTS is the leading system for measuring development results.
Measuring, monitoring and evaluating our results in IFC and that of our clients helps us assess our effectiveness and improve our operations. It also helps us report on our performance in ways that reinforce public trust and expand our “license to operate. Our clients thrive when they go beyond achieving above-market returns for shareholders and achieve measurable development impact in their communities. We measure results because it’s good for our clients’ businesses—and good for IFC.
DOTS allows for real-time tracking of development results throughout the project cycle. By tracking results on an annual basis, IFC and its clients can assess the overall success of a project and its impact on stakeholders and communities
DOTS does not typically track certain projects, including projects that are expansions of existing ones, split projects, and certain financial products such as rights issues. Moreover, to capture the extent to which IFC can claim credit for incremental changes in the reach of a client company, contribution rules based on the relative magnitude of our investments are being monitored in department scorecards, in conjunction with the piloting of the IFC Development Goals.