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3ie, in partnership with the Philippines National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is implementing a multi-year Philippines Evidence Program (also known as Policy Window Philippines). The program seeks to strengthen the culture of evidence-informed decision-making in the country.
In partnership with the government, we commission impact evaluation of major government reforms and service delivery interventions prioritized by select departments. The program is also strengthening capacity of government departments and agencies to institutionalize and implement evidence-based decision making to support NEDA’s National Evaluation Policy Framework.

Overview

Since 2014, 3ie has supported five impact evaluations of programs/reforms implemented by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Supreme Court. Aside from organizing demand generation workshops and policy forums to build understanding and ownership of evaluations among Filipino policymakers, the program has also supported a ten-day CLEAR workshop to strengthen in-country evaluation capacities among evaluators, academics and local researchers. Click on the video to Watch stakeholders talk about the unique contribution of the evidence program.

For a quick overview, read the program brief.

Evidence from the program

How the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) is improving student outcomes:
This evaluation looks at the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

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Role of judicial reforms in providing speedy justice:
We supported three impact evaluations of the Supreme Court judicial reforms to improve court efficiency. The reforms included electronic court
case management system; a simple and inexpensive dispute settlement system for small claims; and revised guidelines for criminal court procedure. (Reports are forthcoming)

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Improving the delivery of the Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP):
This evaluation measures the effectiveness of providing seed capital for microenterprise development to participants of Sustainable Livelihood Program.

View report | View brief | Watch video

 

Evidence impact: Philippine Special Program for Employment of Students

The findings from the impact evaluation of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) have found resonance with the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment. There is a shift in the department’s focus, given that the study found SPES to be more effective as a work program with limited impacts on learning outcomes.  According to Dominique Tutay, Director, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippines, the program will now focus more on youth skill building for improving employability rather than completion of formal education.

View brief | Read evidence impact summary

 

Responding to policymaker evidence needs during COVID-19

In 2020, 3ie, NEDA and DFAT began work to identify new sectors and programs where more evidence is needed in line with the priorities set out in the Philippines Development Plan (2017-2022) and the recovery plan to address the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.

To help facilitate evidence-informed decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic, 3ie responded by drafting rapid response briefs on critical questions facing policymakers in the Philippines. 3ie’s rapid response briefs succinctly synthesize existing evidence on the effectiveness of interventions across various contexts for a policymaker audience seeking to identify effective solutions to inform their development policies and programs. The briefs address questions relating to health, education, food security, social protection, employment and entrepreneurship. Click on the titles to view the briefs.

Event | Demand-driven evidence: Putting the government in the driver’s seat

On 18 February, 3ie hosted a webinar to share key findings from the evaluations, and highlight the lessons learned from this unique partnership and the program. Participants presented findings and emerging recommendations from the evaluations of livelihood programs, sharing challenges and learning from evaluating large-scale government programs. Read more

The Policy Window Philippines partnership between DFAT, 3ie and research experts puts evidence gathering, analysis and actionable policy recommendations front and centre. By increasing the demand for and uptake of evidence in policymaking, we are helping the Philippine Government to respond better to the needs of Filipinos, and achieve long term development objectives.

Sophie McPhate
Third Secretary, Economic
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Related content

Blog | Putting government in the driver’s seat to generate and use impact evaluations in the Philippines
Media article | Learning by recovering, The Philippine Star, 22 January 2021
Media article | Opinion: 3 ways of creating impactful research

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Impacts of judicial reform in criminal case procedures on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
The Supreme Court of the Philippines introduced a key reform that aims to expedite trials and resolutions by imposing strict timelines on existing stages of court action and introducing best practices for speedy disposition. Authors of this report assess the impact of the reform on court efficiency in the Philippines.

Impacts of judicial reforms to address court congestion and delays in justice in the Philippines

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2021
 
This brief summarizes findings from three impact evaluations that assess whether the Philippine Supreme Court-initiated reforms in technology and case management practices improve court efficiency and reduce congestion and delays.

Impacts of electronic case management systems on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
Authors of this report assess the impact of an electronic case management system on court-and case-level outcomes such as operational efficiency, transparency and accountability, in the Philippines.

Impacts of judicial reform in small claims procedures on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
Authors of this report assess the impact of an electronic case management system on court-and case-level outcomes such as operational efficiency, transparency and accountability, in the Philippines.

Does microenterprise seed capital help the poor build sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines?

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2020
 
This brief summarizes lessons from an impact evaluation that measures the effectiveness of the Philippine government’s Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Microenterprise Development assistance through the Seed Capital Fund modality on labor outcomes, income, expenditure, savings and capital investment.

Strengthening capacity for evidence-informed decision-making in the Philippines

Programme overview Brief 3ie 2020
 
Since 2014, 3ie has supported five impact evaluations of key government programmes identified by the Philippine National Economic Development Authority. The brief provides an overview of the first phase and the upcoming second phase of 3ie’s Philippines evidence programme.

Impacts of judicial reform in small claims procedures on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
Authors of this report assess the impact of an electronic case management system on court-and case-level outcomes such as operational efficiency, transparency and accountability, in the Philippines.

Impacts of judicial reform in criminal case procedures on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
The Supreme Court of the Philippines introduced a key reform that aims to expedite trials and resolutions by imposing strict timelines on existing stages of court action and introducing best practices for speedy disposition. Authors of this report assess the impact of the reform on court efficiency in the Philippines.

Impacts of judicial reforms to address court congestion and delays in justice in the Philippines

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2021
 
This brief summarizes findings from three impact evaluations that assess whether the Philippine Supreme Court-initiated reforms in technology and case management practices improve court efficiency and reduce congestion and delays.

Impacts of electronic case management systems on court congestion in the Philippines

Impact evaluation 3ie 2021
 
Authors of this report assess the impact of an electronic case management system on court-and case-level outcomes such as operational efficiency, transparency and accountability, in the Philippines.

Does microenterprise seed capital help the poor build sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines?

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2020
 
This brief summarizes lessons from an impact evaluation that measures the effectiveness of the Philippine government’s Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Microenterprise Development assistance through the Seed Capital Fund modality on labor outcomes, income, expenditure, savings and capital investment.

Impacts of a work support programme for youth on academic outcomes and employability in the Philippines

Impact evaluation Brief 3ie 2020
 
This brief summarises the findings of an evaluation that assessed the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.

There are no systematic reviews
There are no evidence gap maps
There are no replication studies