Using evaluation findings in the development process is a common challenge in Nepal due to several factors including the capacity of evaluators, the quality of evaluations and the environment within the user organization to use evaluation findings, but the Community of Evaluators Nepal (CoE Nepal) has achieved progress working hand in hand with the National Planning Commission in Nepal. Read how the EvalPartners Flagship 1 programme supported the Community of Evaluators in Nepal to build National Evaluation Systems.
The answers were provided by CoE Nepal.
CoE Nepal has been working closely with the National Planning Commission (NPC) of the government of Nepal which is responsible for setting M&E standards, policy and guidelines in Nepal. CoE Nepal has collaborated with the NPC in organizing the Evaluation Conclave in 2013 and 2015, and the culmination of the International Year of Evaluation 2015.
In addition to the NPC, CoE Nepal has worked very closely with the National Parliamentarian Forum for Development Evaluation Policy (NPFDEP), UN agencies and other VOPEs while developing the National Evaluation Action Plan Nepal (2016-2020) and its implementation. It has also provided technical input on the draft M&E bill in the country.
Under EvalPartners support to Strengthen National Evaluation Systems under the Flagship 1 project, CoE provided the following support to develop a national evaluation policy and framework:
The following conditions and factors affect the strengthening of national evaluation capacity in Nepal:
The following factors could result in future strengthened national evaluation systems in Nepal:
For quality evaluation, the government should support improving the quality of evaluators
Given the complex development setting and the ambitious development goals along with targets, evidence provides opportunities to understand what works, why and how to address the challenges.
This learning helps to develop the right policy frameworks and guide for actions.
The SDG has also called for ‘quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data…’ to help with the measurement of progress and to ensure that no one is left behind.
Nepal’s Volunatry National Review has provided some good progress and learning. A VNR is expected to be robust and evidence-based but Nepal’s VNR is yet to be evidence-based. Unless they are well verified with the data, it would not be well accepted by the stakeholders.
Given the complex development setting and the ambitious development goals along with targets, evidence provides opportunities to understand what works, why and how to address the challenges
Despite global growth, evaluation is still a relatively new and evolving area. Evaluators have an unconventional role to make the evaluation process more evidence-based and useful considering the complexities and dynamic nature of the development space. For this, they may need to understand the ongoing development needs, local context and the available resources and help to design evidence-based evaluation design and approaches to contribute to the transformative process. Continuous learning, improvement and support to other new and emerging evaluators are needed.
Evaluators have an unconventional role to make the evaluation process more evidence-based and useful considering the complexities and dynamic nature of the development space
The Global Evaluation Agenda is a historical achievement. This provides a global vision for enhancing evaluation use in the development process. After a series of global events, the EvalAgenda culminating ceremony took place in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015 and the Agenda was endorsed by various stakeholders including the government, parliaments and other stakeholders.
The agenda included creating an enabling environment, capacity building and ensuring interlinkages and represent the voices of people and development practitioners working hard to make the development process work for the disadvantaged communities and members of society.
Evaluators now have new responsibilities to be innovative and efficient to address the complex nature of the development process and associated actions urgently. They should work to find context-based solutions through the use of systems thinking approaches and address the emerging challenges such as global warming, COVID and poverty. Joint efforts through evaluation networks and actions are inevitable for sensitizing right holders, policymakers and political leaders.
Evaluators should work to find context-based solutions through the use of systems thinking approaches and address the emerging challenges such as global warming, COVID and poverty