3ie, in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority, is implementing the multi-year Philippines Evidence Programme (also known as Policy Window Philippines). The programme will strengthen the culture of evidence-informed decision-making in the country.
In partnership with the government, we have been commissioning and managing impact evaluations of interventions prioritised by selected departments. The programme is also supporting capacity development activities for Philippine researchers and developing the impact evaluation management framework of the National Economic and Development Authority.
Since 2014, 3ie’s programme has funded impact evaluations of interventions implemented by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as judicial reforms undertaken by the Supreme Court.
In addition to demand generation workshops and a high-level policy forum in the Philippines, the programme has supported a ten-day CLEAR workshop on impact evaluation for evaluators, academics and local researchers.
This programme is supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
‘We in the Philippines are happy that the 3ie programme has included our country in the selection of countries all over the world for inclusion in their exercises to undertake impact evaluation of programmes…and the initial results already show that the outcomes of the studies are potentially going to be very useful in the decision of the government on policies and programmes – which ones to continue as they are and which ones need tweaking and modifications to make sure they deliver the results that are desired’.
- Ernesto M Pernia, Socioeconomic planning secretary, National Economic and Development Authority, Republic of the Philippines
To ensure that impact evaluations of government programmes are more demand-driven, we need to put the government in the driver’s seat for increasing the demand for evaluation. In this blog, we reflect on some of the lessons learned from the Philippines Evidence Programme about building trust and alignment amongst government agencies that have multiple priorities.