Process and Formative Evaluation of Select Government Programmes and Policies in Uganda

3ie requested researchers to submit proposals for a process or formative evaluation of governmental policies and programmes in Uganda in the areas of youth livelihoods, family planning, public service delivery and local governance and universal primary education.

Over the past decade the Government of Uganda has made improvements in public sector performance measurement and financial management, and strengthened scrutiny and oversight of public funds. However, evaluations of public policies and programmescontinue to be rare. There is limited evidence on whether programmes are achieving their stated objectives.In order to address this, the government established a National Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy followed by a national policy on monitoring and evaluation. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is mandated to coordinate and monitor the Government Evaluation Facility which conducts evaluations of public policies and major public investments. This means that there is a high-level of ownership of evaluations.

For more information about this call, please read the Request for Proposals (RFP) (465.6 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 24 August 2015.

The deadline for submitting questions regarding this request for proposals was 23:59 GMT, 28 June 2015. The answers to the questions 3ie received are available in this  Q&A document (159.3 KB)

For information on how to apply and to download key documents, visit the How to Apply page.

Please direct any questions related to this RFP to upw@3ieimpact.org mentioning ‘CPW- Uganda query’ in the subject line.

At a glance

  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, could apply. 
  • The lead grant-holding organisation could be located anywhere in the world. The research team should, however, have included at least one Ugandan national who is a resident of Uganda and working for an organisation that is registered in Uganda as a co-PI with a substantive role.
  • Selected teams will work closely with the relevant ministry and/or implementing agency and carry out a process or formative evaluation of the identified programme and propose a rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation design. 
  • Proposals received will be reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria and a grant of up to US$100,000 will be made to the selected research team.
  • 3ie anticipates awarding four grants, one in each sector mentioned above.
  • This RFP does not guarantee funding for full impact evaluations. 

About Uganda’s Country Policy Window

Over the past decade the Government of Uganda has made improvements in public sector performance measurement and financial management, and strengthened scrutiny and oversight of public funds. However, evaluations of public policies and programmes continue to be rare. There is limited evidence on whether programmes are achieving their stated objectives.In order to address this,the government established a National Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy followed by a national policy on monitoring and evaluation. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is mandated to coordinate and monitor the Government Evaluation Facility which conducts evaluations of public policies and major public investments. This means that there is a high-level of ownership of evaluations.

At the recent half-yearly Government Annual Performance Review Cabinet Retreat the President identified youth livelihood, family planning, primary education, and public service delivery and governance as themes of national importance where rigorous evaluation will be critical for better development programming. 

This grant window’s primary aim is to build better and more evidence around the issues of national importance. Working closely with the relevant ministry and/or implementing agency, the window will enable the selected research teams to carry out a process or formative evaluation of a programme and propose a rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation design. 

This grant window funded by the Government of the United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID).

About Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda

It is Office of the Prime Minister's (OPM) constitutional mandate to monitor government programmes, more specifically through the Government Evaluation Facility which was set up to design, conduct, commission and disseminate evaluations on public policies and major public investments, as directed by the Cabinet, and oversee improvements in the quality and utility of evaluations conducted across the government at a decentralised level.

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