The National Evaluation Systems (NES) business line focuses on building a foundational understanding of what national evaluation systems and other evaluation systems are, how they work, and the mechanisms that can effect change within them. When key stakeholders demonstrate a readiness to systematise M&E practice, this business line works with them to create appropriate training opportunities, effective policies and systems, and support champions to build systems for evidence use. Key stakeholders in national evaluation systems include government departments or ministries Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs), donors and civil society representatives. The business line strengthens national evaluation systems through the following interventions:
- Identifying partners who will build sustainable, systems-level changes across a government- wide M&E system.
- Developing an understanding of how national and subnational evaluation systems link to civil society and other key actors in driving accountability.
- Implementing capacity development in the region through planned needs assessments, tools development, and
- Implementation of training activities.
Building research that tries to better understand demand for evidence in the state and civil society by drawing on the contextual analysis of why evaluation systems succeed or fail in bringing about programme improvements.