Terminal Evaluation of Public Sector Development Projects: An Analysis of 85 Evaluated Development Projects of Punjab Province

S. Mubin, M. Ahmed, J. Sial


Project terminal evaluation, carried out at project closeout stage, is one of the most important tools to determine whether the intended objectives and outcomes from a project have been obtained or not. From July, 2008 to December 2010, Directorate General Monitoring and Evaluation (DGM&E) conducted terminal evaluation of 85 projects of various sectors ranging from Rs. 10 to 300 millions. In this paper, an analysis of 85 evaluated projects has been made. Based on the analysis, it is concluded that mostly desired objectives of the projects were not achieved for which they were designed and implemented. Moreover, in most of the cases projects were revised either for time, cost and scope. Feedback obtained from analysis of evaluation may constructively be used to plan, execute and implement new development scheme for utilization of public spending in most efficient way and to get maximum return of public funds. In this regard, a complete model has been proposed for evaluation of public sector projects, which will help to plan successful development interventions.

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