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To undertake action research studies for improving the management of development projects.

Research Projects Carried out in the Past

Name of Project Client Scope of project Outcome of project Period of Performance
Baseline Study of Strategic Plan (2019-2023), “Socio-Economic Empowerment with Dignity and Sustainably” SEEDS Program Strømme Foundation Asia Regional Office Colombo, Sri Lanka/Stromme Foundation Nepal Office The five-year SEEDS programme consists of five major components: community empowerment, quality education, adolescents and youth development programme, livelihood programme, and Job creation for youth.

The overall developmental goal of the SEEDS programme was that by the end of 2023, ten thousand marginalized families will realise their right to education, economic activity and a dignified life, focusing of the programme is four districts – Kapilbastu, Dang, Pyathan and Rolpa – of Province 5:

The study:

  • Generated baseline data/information to be used as the benchmark for SF intervention during the programme implementation
  • Determined the baseline values of all indicators explicitly defined in the programme log-frame.
  • Compiled baseline data by M&E plan of SP in Nepal, partner NGO, and programme districst.
15 Feb 2019

30 April 2019

Comprehensive Impact Evaluation of “Right Based Education for Dalits Youth in Nepal” SAMVAD Programme Strømme Foundation Asia Regional Office Colombo, Sri Lanka/Stromme Foundation Nepal Office The scope of the evaluation comprises relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact; focusing on effectiveness of the investment in adolescents to transform the rural society and marginalized communities of Nepal; and find out the contribution of SAMVAD to empowering and strengthening the awareness, critical consciousness/ thinking, life skills, visioning and ability of the adolescent girls to fight for their rights and safeguard their security and economic empowerment in the family and local community. The evaluation:

  • Conducted comprehensive impact study of SAMVAD programme.
  • Assessed and analyzed impact and effectiveness of the SAMVAD programme.
  • Analysed enabling factors that have enabled and challenges that have prevented from being producing good results.
  • Prepared a detailed Process Documentation on the effectiveness of all stages (designing to exit).
20 March 2018

20 June 2018

Mid-Term Review of Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment (AWEE) Project UN Women Nepal Country Office The scope of the review encompasses four major areas: (a) Context– examination of  national and local environment in which the AWEE programme operates with a particular attention to changes, (b) Results– showing a picture of achievements and overall performance of the AWEE programme during the implementation period (progress against targets and indicators), (c) Analysis and lessons learned– examination of factors that have enabled or prevented the achievement of results described, and (d)  Action– identification of action points/ recommendation for consideration by UN Women. The study:

  • Conducted Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment (AWEE) – Ensuring Nepal’s Sustainable and Equitable Development 2015-2017 Programme. Supported by Finland Embassy
  • Assessed progress to date against the ProDoc, key achievements and progress to date, adjusted strategies, targets and indicators as appropriate.
  • Analysed enabling factors that have enabled and challenges that have prevented result.
  • Identified areas for improvement for remaining phase of the AWEE programme, moving forward.
July 2017

October 2017

End Line Survey and Final Evaluation of Livelihood Recovery for Peace (LRP) project (ongoing) UNDP, Nepal Country Office The end line survey and final evaluation was carried out in first and second cluster VDCs of three programme districts of LRP- Mahottari, Sarlahi and Rautahat. However, the evaluation was confined within the representative sample VDCs, communities and households in LRP context. The assignment:

  • Conducted end-line surveys and final evaluation using mixed method of project evaluation.
  • Analyzed current status and compared with the baseline data on the results achievement.
  • Documented major lessons learnt and suggested options for sustainability of the project gains.
August 2016 –

December 2016

Baseline Survey – Integrated Project Save the Children Nepal The baseline study covered finalization of study plan with development of appropriate design (methodology, sample size) in consultation with SC team, review of existing tools and preparation of additional data collection instruments (tools, checklists, questionnaires); coordination among mobilizing partner staffs (social mobilizers), para-social workers, Save the Children and NGO partners, analysis of data and establishing the baseline values for indicators. The study:

  • Conducted baseline survey and established baseline indicators for an integrated project (education, health, livelihood) in three remote districts of Nepal.
July 2016

September 2016

Capacity Needs Assessment and Capacity Development of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) for Prevention of GBV and Strengthening of Child Protection (ongoing) UNICEF, Nepal Country Office The assessment reviewed and assessed existing technical skills and capacity of the MWCSW and DWC/WCOs in implementing GBV prevention and child protection programmes; compiled, reviewed and analysed existing training resources (guidelines, SOPs and training manuals), identified gaps and areas for improvement, in terms of substantive skills and training resources, prepared capacity needs assessment report with recommendations, designed manual for GBV and child protection, and conducted a series of TOT programmes for staffs of DWC/WCOs. The assignment:

  • Assessed capacity of all staff of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and its line structure.
  • Developed training manual and conducted pilot TOT programmes on the basic contents of the manual.
  • Recommended priority learning needs and modules for different levels.
September

2016

December 2017

Capacity Needs Assessment and Capacity Development of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) for Prevention of GBV and Strengthening of Child Protection (ongoing) UNICEF, Nepal Country Office The TOT covered five modules: Gender and Gender-Based Violence; Conceptual Clarity on Child Rights Protection; Community-based Formal and Non-formal Groups and Strengthening Local Network; Psycho-social Education and Help; and Group Empowerment and Cooperative Development. The TOT programme helped:

  • build capacity, enhance knowledge and develop skills of frontline staffs of WCOs in order to conduct various training programmes for prevention and response to GBV and child protection by using a well and systematically developed training manual.
  • prepare and setup a team of skilled staffs to obtain effective results in prevention and response to GBV and child protection.
September

2016

December 2017

Final Evaluation of SAFA Gulariya Project, implemented supported by the EU Practical Action Regional Office, The scope of the evaluation was to focus on the results (specifically outcomes), strategies and approaches of the project that was based on the WASH services to the poor communities. The scope was also to measure relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency, and sustainability and GESI and well document lesson learned and recommend actions for future for different stakeholders. The evaluation:

  • Evaluated the project using DAC devaluation criteria against target and actual progress of indicators.
  • Documented lessons learned and provided recommendations to enhance the design, implementation, operation and management of the similar future projects.
  • Assessed to what extend the project implementation strategy did work to get the overall objective, specific objective and estimated result of the project.
April 2016

June 2016

 

Final Evaluation Survey of Delivering Decentralization: Slum Dwellers’ Access to Decision making for Pro poor Infrastructure Services (IUD II) Project Practical Action Regional Office, The focus of the evaluation was on the results (specifically outcome), strategies and approaches of the four years’ project implemented under urban WASH. In addition to documenting results, the evaluation focused on measuring relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency, and sustainability and GESI and well document lesson learned and recommend actions for future for different stakeholders. The evaluation:

  • Assessed the achievement of overall goal, objective and outputs of the project and prepared a set of lessons learned and recommendations to enhance the design, implementation, operation and management of the similar future projects.
  • Assessed to what extend the project implementation strategy did work to get the overall objective, specific objective and estimated result of the project.
  • Assessed to what extend the project has supported to establish a regular system in municipalities for continuation of governance at targeted area.
January 2016

March 2016

 

Review and Impact Assessment of Previous and On-Going Support to LPCs GFA Consulting Group, EU-TA, PFS/Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) The review and impact assessment had broad scope to review and assess impact of supports to Local Peace Committees at different levels (a) related to review of on-going support of present situation of LPCs and of future challenges, (b) related to stakeholder conference, and (c) development of a program document with a concept note for future support and development of a draft project proposal. The assignment:

  • Reviewed and assessed the impact of on-going and past supports to Local Peace Committees (LPCs).
  • Developed an outline for future programme and suggested its implementation modality. 
December 2014

January 2015

Final Evaluation of “Program for Promotion of Self-Help Initiative in the Rural Areas (Samunnati)” implemented by. Sahamati/H Oxfam in Nepal The evaluation:

  • Found that the program was very relevant to improve wellbeing of vulnerable and socially excluded women and men through community engagement and institutional building leading to community-led development process and sustainability.
  • Found that the project was designed in consultation with community people and implemented and reviewed involving the beneficiaries.
  • Concluded that the program was able to strengthen and develop capacity of various groups, implement different activities related to livestock and agriculture, though they were not in full fledged as expected.
April 2014

June 2014

Final Evaluation of Sustaining the Gains of Foreign Labour Migration through the Protection of Migrant Workers’ Rights, UN Women The evaluation:

  • Highlighted the successes of the programme in strengthening the capacity of government and non-government service providers and the media to promote safe migration, and in decentralizing services related to foreign employment and safe migration.
  • Identified some challenges/constraints and opportunities with regard to the issues of foreign employment.
  • Concluded that the programme largely helped strengthen the capacity of government and non-government service providers and media organizations to promote safe migration, and decentralize services with increased access of migrant workers to information related to foreign employment and safe migration.
July 2013

September 2013

Mid-term evaluation of PRISM (Poverty Reduction of Informal Workers in Solid Waste Management Sector) Practical Action Regional Office, The evaluation:

  • Determined whether the expected outcomes of project are achieved.
  • Described the status of improved situation brought by the PRISM project.
  • Explored the issue of programme relevancy, appropriateness of the strategy, activities, impact and coordination within and outside the agency.
  • Recommended PA and partner organizations on how future initiatives may be improved and expanded to other municipalities.   
August 2013 –

May 2013

 

Final Evaluation of MP3W (Making Politics Works With Women) UN Women The evaluation:

  • Determined whether the expected outcomes of project are achieved.
  • Described the status of improved situation brought by the MP3W project.
  • Explored the issue of programme relevancy, appropriateness of the strategy, activities, impact and coordination within and outside the agency.
  • Recommended UN WOMEN and partner organizations on how future initiatives may be improved and expanded to other municipalities.   
May 2013
End-line Survey of GeMSIP (Gender Mainstreaming and Social Inclusion Project) JICA/MoFALD The evaluation:

  • Determined whether the expected outcomes of project are achieved.
  • Described the status of improved situation brought by the GeMSIP project.
  • Explored the issue of programme relevancy, appropriateness of the strategy, activities, impact and coordination within and outside the agency.
  • Recommended GeMSIP and partner organizations on how future initiatives may be improved and expanded to other municipalities.   
February 2013

April 2013

 

Final Evaluation of the “Schools as Zones of Peace” Project UNICEF The evaluation:

  • Determined whether the expected outcomes of project are achieved.
  • Described the status of improved situation brought by the SZOP project.
  • Explored the issue of programme relevancy, appropriateness of the strategy, activities, impact and coordination within and outside the agency.
  • Recommended UNICEF and partner organizations on how future initiatives may be improved and expanded to other districts and schools.   
July 2010

December 2010

Mid-Term Review and Redesign of the Ten-Year National Plan of Action for Children UNICEF The evaluation:

  • Assessed successes/achievements and shortcomings of the NPA implementation.
  • Revised the NPA document upon endorsement of the final report by the Steering Committee with the revised targets and indicators for adjustment and improvement of the plan.
  • Assisted the Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) to develop and finalize the Management Response Plan with clear time-bound milestones and responsibilities.   
July 2010

December 2010

Final Evaluation of the Sustainable Agriculture with Bazaar for Advancing the Livelihoods (SABAL) Project Practical Action Regional Office, The evaluation:

  • to assess the effectiveness of the approaches and methods used in the project and also examine the strengths and weaknesses of the project approaches and interventions;
  • to review the project log-frame and evaluate how far the targets, expected outcomes and results have been achieved;
  • to identify practices, approaches and technologies, used in the project, which can be replicated elsewhere and can have applicability for use in other areas
August 2010 –

June 2010