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3ie, in partnership with the Philippines National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is implementing a multi-year Philippines Evidence Program (also known as Policy Window Philippines). The program seeks to strengthen the culture of evidence-informed decision-making in the country.
In partnership with the government, we commission impact evaluation of major government reforms and service delivery interventions prioritized by select departments. The program is also strengthening capacity of government departments and agencies to institutionalize and implement evidence-based decision making to support NEDA’s National Evaluation Policy Framework.

Overview

Since 2014, 3ie has supported five impact evaluations of programs/reforms implemented by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Supreme Court. Aside from organizing demand generation workshops and policy forums to build understanding and ownership of evaluations among Filipino policymakers, the program has also supported a ten-day CLEAR workshop to strengthen in-country evaluation capacities among evaluators, academics and local researchers. Click on the video to Watch stakeholders talk about the unique contribution of the evidence program.

For a quick overview, read the program brief.

Evidence from the program

How the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) is improving student outcomes:
This evaluation looks at the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

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Role of judicial reforms in providing speedy justice:
We supported three impact evaluations of the Supreme Court judicial reforms to improve court efficiency. The reforms included electronic court
case management system; a simple and inexpensive dispute settlement system for small claims; and revised guidelines for criminal court procedure. (Reports are forthcoming)

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Improving the delivery of the Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP):
This evaluation measures the effectiveness of providing seed capital for microenterprise development to participants of Sustainable Livelihood Program.

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Responding to policymaker evidence needs during COVID-19

To help facilitate evidence-informed decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3ie responded by drafting rapid response briefs on critical questions facing policymakers in the Philippines. 3ie’s rapid response briefs succinctly synthesize existing evidence on the effectiveness of interventions across various contexts for a policymaker audience seeking to identify effective solutions to inform their development policies and programs. The briefs address questions relating to health, education, food security, social protection, employment and entrepreneurship.

Upcoming activities for the program

In 2020, 3ie, NEDA and DFAT began work to identify new sectors and programs where more evidence is needed in line with the priorities set out in the Philippines Development Plan (2017-2022) and the recovery plan to address the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.

Upcoming event

Demand-driven evidence: Putting the government in the driver’s seat

Dates: 18-19 February
Time: 2.00-3.30 pm
3ie will host two webinars on 18 and 19 February 2021 to share key findings from the evaluations, and highlight the lessons learned from this unique partnership and the program. On 18 February, we will present the overview, findings and emerging recommendations from the SPES and SLP evaluations, including challenges with evaluating large-scale government programmes. On 19 February, findings from studies that evaluated the Supreme Court judicial reforms will be discussed.

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Evidence impact: Philippine Special Program for Employment of Students

The findings from the impact evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) have found resonance with the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment. There is a shift in the department’s focus, given that the study found SPES to be more effective as a work program with limited impacts on learning outcomes.  According to Dominique Tutay, Director, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippines, the program will now focus more on youth skill building for improving employability rather than completion of formal education.

View brief | Read evidence impact summary

The Policy Window Philippines partnership between DFAT, 3ie and research experts puts evidence gathering, analysis and actionable policy recommendations front and centre. By increasing the demand for and uptake of evidence in policymaking, we are helping the Philippine Government to respond better to the needs of Filipinos, and achieve long term development objectives.

Sophie McPhate
Third Secretary, Economic
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Related content

Blog | Putting government in the driver’s seat to generate and use impact evaluations in the Philippines
Media article | Learning by recovering, The Philippine Star, 22 January 2021
Media article | Opinion: 3 ways of creating impactful research

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This brief summarises the findings of an evaluation that assessed the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

Impact evaluation of the Philippine Special Program for Employment of Students

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018
 

The authors evaluated the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

Impact evaluation of the Philippine Special Program for Employment of Students

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018
 

The authors evaluated the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

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