National Planning Commission, Nepal
There is growing recognition within the Government of Nepal that monitoring and evaluation are crucial for informing decision-making processes and increasing development effectiveness to ultimately improve the lives of its citizens. The National Planning Commission (NPC) is an apex body that advises the government on various economic and social matters, formulates development plans and policies, and facilitates the approval and later implementation of policies and programmes through government ministries.
NPC also works as a central agency for monitoring and evaluation of development plan, policies and programmes. In this role NPC facilitates external evaluations. It has been gradually shifting from its traditional focus of process monitoring to results-based monitoring and impact evaluation and is working to build evaluation capacities internally and to collaborate with external agencies and partners. In the next few years, NPC is particularly interested in building rigorous evaluation-based evidence around the effectiveness of its School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP).
Overview of engagement
The main goal of NPC’s engagement with 3ie is to acquire support for building evaluation capacities in the country by means of orientation and trainings to policymakers, evaluation commissioners and evaluators. Moreover, it also aims to learn more about conducting and producing quality impact evaluations through its engagement with 3ie to eventually increase the body of robust evidence on the effectiveness of programmes under the Government of Nepal to inform policy processes. One of the main activities through which NPC is currently engaging with 3ie is through a policy window funding an impact evaluation of key interventions within the umbrella of the SSRP.
3ie is currently engaged with NPC and other development partners in Nepal to start 3ie’s Nepal country policy window, called the Nepal Policy Initiative (NPI), to assess key evidence needs in Nepal and commission five to six impact evaluations on key development issues identified by NPC. NPI will also help build capacity among NPC, various government ministries and independent evaluators to conduct and use evaluations.
Examples of 3ie engagement
3ie services: 3ie staff members have provided an introductory workshop on ‘Impact Evaluations: Why, For Whom and How’ to middle-level staff of NPC and government ministries. 3ie staff also participated in the third Evaluation Network Meeting in Kathmandu and shared the learnings from 3ie country policy windows.
Policy window: 3ie is funding an impact evaluation through its Policy Window 3 to assess the impact of the SSRP programme on education outcomes.
The Government of Nepal is well aware of 3ie’s commitment to support the work of its members to build evaluation capacities and produce quality evaluation evidences informing policy processes. Since Nepal joined 3ie as a member only recently in 2015, we need to wait [for] the result[s] of this collaboration.