Process evaluation of Government of Uganda’s Vegetable Oil Development Project Phase 2

3ie requests researchers to submit proposals for a process formative evaluation of phase two of the Government of Uganda’s Vegetable Oil Development Project.

The project was launched in October 1998 with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and with the objective of increasing income of smallholder farmers by boosting vegetable oil production. This project is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) with support from development partners, local government and private sector agencies.

The current call for proposals is part of 3ie’s Uganda Country Policy Window. Launched in 2015, the primary aim of this grant window is to improve developmental outcomes through evidence-informed decision making in Uganda. 3ie is already supporting process evaluations of government programmes around youth livelihood, family planning, public service delivery and local governance, and universal primary education. Impact evaluation of the programmes on family planning and universal primary education are currently ongoing. 

For more information about this call, please read the  Request for proposals(RFP) (148.6 KB)

The deadline for submitting applications is 14 August 2017.

Please direct any questions related to this RFP to upw@3ieimpact.org mentioning ‘CPW- Uganda query’ in the subject line.

The deadline for submitting questions regarding this request for proposals was 23:59 GMT, 26 July 2017

For information on how to apply and to download key documents, visit the How to Apply page.

At a glance

  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, can apply. 
  • The lead grant-holding organisation has to be registered in Uganda.
  • The lead principal investigator (PI) may be of any nationality and be located anywhere in the world. The research team should, however, have included at least one Ugandan national who is a resident of Uganda and must be engaged in a substantive role.
  • Selected teams will work closely with the relevant ministry and/or implementing agency and carry out a process evaluation of the identified programme and propose a rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation design. 
  • Proposals received will be reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria and a grant of up to US$50,000 will be made to the selected research team.
  • This RFP does not guarantee funding for full impact evaluations. 

About Uganda’s Country Policy Window

Over the past decade the Government of Uganda has made improvements in public sector performance measurement and financial management, and strengthened scrutiny and oversight of public funds. However, evaluations of public policies and programmes continue to be rare. There is limited evidence on whether programmes are achieving their stated objectives. In order to address this, the government established a National Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy followed by a national policy on monitoring and evaluation. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is mandated to coordinate and monitor the Government Evaluation Facility which conducts evaluations of public policies and major public investments. This means that there is a high-level of ownership of evaluations.

At the recent half-yearly Government Annual Performance Review Cabinet Retreat the President identified youth livelihood, family planning, primary education, and public service delivery and governance as themes of national importance where rigorous evaluation will be critical for better development programming. 

This grant window’s primary aim is to build better and more evidence around the issues of national importance. Working closely with the relevant ministry and/or implementing agency, the window will enable the selected research teams to carry out a process or formative evaluation of a programme and propose a rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation design. 

This grant window funded by UK Aid through its Department for International Development (DFID).

About Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda

It is the Office of the Prime Minister's (OPM) constitutional mandate to monitor government programmes, more specifically through the Government Evaluation Facility which was set up to design, conduct, commission and disseminate evaluations on public policies and major public investments, as directed by the Cabinet, and oversee improvements in the quality and utility of evaluations conducted across the government at a decentralised level.

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