School Sector Reform Plan in Nepal

3ie requests researchers to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant to design an impact evaluation of an intervention within the School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP) in Nepal

The SSRP is being implemented by the Government of Nepal and its development partners.

This request for qualifications is being made as part of 3ie’s Policy Window 3. This window funds high-quality, mixed-method impact evaluations commissioned by 3ie members and their implementing agencies to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. The impact evaluation funded under this call is being commissioned by 3ie member, the National Planning Commission (NPC) of Nepal.

For more information about this call, please read the
Request for Qualifications (335.7 KB)

The deadline for submission of applications was 23:59 GMT, 1 February 2016.

The deadline for submitting questions regarding this request for qualifications was 23:59 GMT, 12 January 2016.We received no queries on this request for qualifications. Hence there is no question and answer document that will be posted on this webpage.

All key documents required for this application are available on the How to Apply page

At a glance 

  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.
  • The lead grant-holding organisation may be located anywhere in the world. The research team should include at least one researcher who is a Nepalese national as a lead principal investigator or co-principal investigator. She/he must be resident in Nepal and have a substantive role in designing and implementing the impact evaluation.
  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase a proposal preparation grant will be awarded.
  • Proposals received in the first phase will reviewed and scored according to 3ie’s selection criteria. A preparation grant of up to US$20,000 will be made to the qualifying research team.
  • A full impact evaluation grant will be awarded in the second phase.

About the SSRP

For the Government of Nepal, inclusive, equitable and quality education for all is a high priority area. The aim of the SSRP is to improve access to quality of education for all children, particular those from disadvantaged populations.

Preliminary findings from the mid-term programme review and donor reviews of the SSRP show that it has helped in achieving considerable progress, especially in improving net enrolment and sex parity in primary schools. However, considerable progress still needs to be made in terms of improving learning, attendance and retention of students, completion of grades, and institutional capacity to manage the school system. Improving the quality of education, particularly for children from socially marginalised populations and hard-to-reach areas is another key challenge.

So far, no rigorous impact evaluation has been conducted to assess outcomes that could be causally attributed to the SSRP. There is therefore an urgent need for rigorous evidence on what has worked and what has not, how, why and at what cost in education sector reforms in Nepal, particularly with respect to outcomes for marginalised populations. In this context, the Ministry of Education, along with the NPC, has identified several key interventions within the umbrella of the SSRP for an impact evaluation. The programme that will be evaluated and the evaluation questions will be jointly determined by the selected research team, the Ministry of Education and the NPC during the proposal preparation period.

For more information, read the Request for Qualifications

3ie's Policy Window 

3ie’s Policy Window funds high-quality, mixed-methods impact evaluations commissioned by a 3ie member organisation to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of an experimental or quasi-experimental counterfactual to examine the full programme causal chain to answer questions about what works, why, how and at what cost.

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