Management response to evaluation (MRE)

Management response to evaluation (MRE) is a tool to assess the post-evaluation process deployed by commissioners or managers of evaluation to use evaluation findings and recommendations in decision-making process. This tool, therefore, is catalyst to promote the use of evaluation for evidence-based decision-making. MRE is gaining popularity among the development partners that make decisions based on the evidence. However, the level of MRE use varies by countries and by type of organisations within the country. To assess the status of MRE, a survey was conducted in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal as a joint venture of three Voluntary Organisations of Professional Evaluators (VOPEs) namely the Community of Evaluators-Bangladesh, Evaluation Association of Bhutan, and Community of Evaluators-Nepal with technical support of EvalPartners and financial support of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) from February 2014 to February 2015.

The study has a twin objective, to: (i) assess the status of MRE use in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, and (ii) develop MRE index which could be used to monitor the status of the demand for and use of evaluation in overall development of countries.

The study was conducted with 108 organisations from the government, UN agencies, donor community and civil society organisations in the afore-mentioned three countries. The main instrument used to conduct the study was a 16-item questionnaire which was designed to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative data were collected for five years from 2009 to 2013, in most of the cases. Orientation to the methodology, review of inception report and draft study report by study reference group, country level workshops to validate the findings, and frequent communications between the study coordinator and country focal persons were the main activities carried out to ensure the quality of the study. Each country team prepared respective country report and this consolidated report is the gist of the three country study reports. In terms of MRE index, a model was proposed in the beginning of the study which was refined through a workshop organised upon the completion of the country studies.

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An interaction program on “Evaluation in Nepal: Current Situation and Challenges (1st Face-to-face meeting)”

Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-South Asia) appointed Prabin Chitrakar who is a founder and board member of Community of Evaluators – Nepal (CoE-Nepal) as a country catalyst for Nepal mainly to conduct face- to-face meetings in Nepal under the Innovative Challenge 3 project which is supported by EvalPartners.

In preparation of face-to-face meeting, as a catalyst Prabin Chitrakar had several meetings with different individuals like government officials, parliamentarians, civil society organizations and evaluation practitioners. With the support of CoE-South Asia, CoE-Nepal and Parliamentarian Forum on Development Evaluation in South Asia (PF) it was decided to conduct a face-to-face meeting on 21 August 2014.

The face-to-face meetings entitled “An interaction program on Evaluation in Nepal: Current Situation and Challenges” was jointly organized by CoE-South Asia, CoE-Nepal and PF, and was managed by the country catalyst. In the interaction program, representatives from CoE-South Asia, CoE-Nepal, PF were attended as co-organizers. Honorable parliamentarians, representatives from different ministries, representative of national planning commission and others were attended as presenters and participants.

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An interaction program on “Evaluation in Nepal: Current Situation and Challenges (2nd Face-to-face meeting)”

International Evaluation Partnership Initiative (Eval Partners) launched a project - Innovative Challenge 3 (IC3) with a main objective to enabling environment of evaluation, and supported through International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE). Partners of the IC3 project are European Evaluation Society (EES), Parliamentarian Forum on Development Evaluation in South Asia (PE), Pakistan Evaluation Association (PEN) and Community of Evaluations – South Asia (CoE-South Asia).

Community of Evaluators – Nepal (CoE-Nepal) jointly with Community of Evaluators– South Asia and National Parliamentarian Forum on Development Evaluation Policy in Nepal organized the 2nd face-to-face meeting entitled “An interaction program on Evaluation in Nepal: Current Situation and Challenges” as a part of IC3 project. The main objective of the meeting was to identify the current situation, challenges and way forward of evaluation in Nepal from the perspectivesofGovernment of Nepal (GON), Parliamentarian, National &InternationalCivil Society Organizations and Evaluation Practitioners. The program was also considered as the 2nd event of CoE-Nepal on the auspicious occasion of International EvalYear-2015.

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National workshop on EvalSDG and EvalAgenda 2016-2020

Community of Evaluators Nepal together with other stakeholders of evaluation including National Planning Commission (NPC), some UN agencies and National Parliamentarian Forum on Development Evaluation Policy in Nepal (NPFDEPN) has been engaging in evaluation field building by carrying out evaluative researches, building capacity and supporting for creating enabling environment in evaluation in Nepal. A joint nation annual action plan for evaluation field building was prepared with responsibilities for different stakeholders in 2015. Based on annual action plan, a proposal on Strengthening National Capacity to Evaluate localized SDGs with an Equity focused and Gender Lens was developed jointly by COE Nepal and NPFDEPN in consultation with NPC and submitted to and approved and supported by the International Office for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) through EvalPartners. The proposal has seven major activities including Establishment and Operationalization of Evaluation Resource Centre; Preparation of gender and equity integrated M&E Code of Conduct; development of equity focused gender responsive evaluation framework; National Evaluation Networking Meeting; Review of the M&E Bill from equity and gender lens; Workshop on EvalSDG and equity focused and gender responsive M&E Act, Policies, and Strategies; and Preparation of comprehensive national plan for Eval Agenda (2016-2020).

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