Parliamentarians Forum on Development Evaluation

Strategic plan 2013-2015

The goal of the Forum is to advance enabling environment for nationally owned, transparent, systematic and standard development evaluation process in line with National Evaluation Policy at country level which ensures aid effectiveness, achievement of results and sustainability of development.

Objectives of the Forum are:

1.      National evaluation policies endorsed by the respective South Asian governments are in place and effective.

2.      A space for dialogue between legislators and evaluation community need for national evaluation policy is created.

3.      Improved capacity of parliamentarians who are committed in development evaluation in the country.

4.      Established country level mechanisms in line with national evaluation policies ensuring results oriented and sustainable development.

Parliamentarians conducted a panel on enabling environment for development evaluation in Kathmandu, Nepal, subsequent to this event a full representation of all South Asian country parliamentarians convened in Colombo, Sri Lanka to coincide with the SLEvA international conference. In the conference the Forum conducted a panel on “Why National Evaluation Policies matter in South Asia”.

To achieve above mentioned aims, the Forum has planned following main strategies.

1.      National Evaluation Policy process

1.1  Conduct mapping exercise to map out status of national evaluation policies/ mechanisms/ guidelines at country level on a global scale with identifying success stories in selected countries. The mapping exercise will focus on detailed evaluation mechanisms in South Asian countries which will be presented in the three day regional consultation. (Mapping exercise is based on desk review, internet search, electronic media and communication. Based on the findings, the study will be extended to a comprehensive exercise in long term initiative.

Timing: Study will be conducted from end – August to early - November

Expected achievements: Mapping report outlining status of national evaluation policies/ mechanisms/ guidelines at country level with special focus on South Asian countries. The report should include a table/ chart which shows status of each country.

1.2  Extend the mapping exercise to develop a list of contacts/ potential actors for NEP at country level

1.3  Communication with and support to identified country teams to work on NEP

1.4  South Asia regional consultation with parliamentarians to develop a model National Evaluation Policy and country work plans to establish the policy.

Participation: Parliamentarians, representatives from national evaluation network in each country,  representative from each regional evaluation network, Representatives from UN/ donors/ stakeholders, EvalPartners and Forum representatives, experts from other regions

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Timing: January 2014, three days consultation

Expected achievements: Model National Evaluation policy drafted, individual country work plans to lobby the policy developed.

1.5  Creating a website for the parliamentarians forum and use it as a tool to create awareness on national evaluation policies; engage parliamentarians in NEP dialogue; link evaluation networks and parliamentarians in this regard. The report and findings of the ongoing mapping on status of national evaluation policies will be published in the web site and make it a tool to emphasize need for NEP in countries.

Timing: Start in November 2013

Resources: budgeted under IC proposal ($7,000)

1.6  Based on the key elements of a NEP outlined in the mapping report and through consultative process, with the services of an external expert, to conduct a comprehensive study of participating countries’ national evaluation policy requirements and develop a model policy guidelines; and upload it on the site, moderate a dialogue on it which will lead countries to start NEP process.

Timing: Start in November 2013

Resources: budgeted under IC proposal ($3,000, need to top up to about 7,000 so that the consultant can attend web dialogues as well.

1.7  Provision of technical support to country teams through a small team of technical experts who can support country teams to adapt the model policy into country context and lobby for legislation.

Country teams: Forum member parliamentarians, other interested policy makers, national evaluation network representatives, interested government officials, representatives from donors etc.

Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There is no cost involved for Sri Lanka as two experts bear the cost if there is any.

Timing: Starting from February 2014

Expected achievements: Country teams receive necessary technical support to take the national evaluation policy forward.

1.8  Promote need for evaluation policies in different forums

Parliamentarians will represent in different national and international forums to make awareness on need for national evaluation policy and how stakeholders support them to take the policy forward. Parliamentarians are encouraged to find opportunities and look for sponsorship to attend the events.

1.9  Advocacy support for the country teams to lobby legislation of the “draft national evaluation policy”

Identify who can do what regarding advocacy for lobbying national evaluation policies at country level

Advocacy expert to work with identified people

Timing: Starting from early 2014

2.      International Year of Evaluation 2015

Country level inauguration of EvalYear 2015

Working with governments/ evaluation networks to identify concrete activities/ achievements for the EvalYear (eg. Declaring evaluation week – to get public attention and emphasize importance, decision to establish national evaluation office hosted by the parliament/ president/ prime minister, development of evaluation guidelines in line with national evaluation policy, organize public dialogues on national evaluation policy, etc).

Timing: Start in October 2013

Expected achievements: EvalYear is used as an opportunity for to get public attention and emphasize importance of evaluation/ evaluation policy.

3.      Literature development

3.1  “Ten reasons why parliamentarians should engage in development evaluation”

3.2  “Ten reasons why national evaluation policies are important”

3.3  Training module – “How to engage parliamentarians in dev. evaluation” 1-2 day training for VOPEs/ Govt

3.4  Booklet on “How to engage parliamentarians in dev. evaluation”

3.5  Video

4.      International Parliamentarians Conference on Enabling Environment -2014/15

(Details to be worked out with partners)

Resources:

 

EvalPartners provided funding for the global mapping exercise and through IC proposal funding for PF website and model policy development/ policy dialogue.