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Submitted by Gabriella Carolini on

A striking reminder of how orthodox evaluations, which demand rather short-term assessments, can lead to the premature dismissal of promising investments. Planning lacks the luxury of fault-free experimentation in designing urban interventions, and perhaps this is why our evaluations lean toward the conservative notion of short-term measurable results. Thank you for sharing this important story that captures so beautifully why a little more heterodoxy is required in evaluation rationales! It is quite rare yet so critical for development organizations like the Bank to make time for and share real reflections on processes of evaluation. This is a very useful lesson about balancing urgency with patience in urban development.