The Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation is a collaborative movement of international parliamentarians, committed to improving policy outcomes and social accountability. The goal of GPFE is to create enabling environments for nationally owned, transparent, systematic, and standardized evaluation processes. Through capacity building, knowledge sharing and advocacy, the GPFE supports and empowers parliamentarians to deliver evidence-based policy that helps achieve good governance, sustainable development, and social equity. In achieving the objective of GPFE which is to support parliaments and governments to institutionalize evaluation, the Forum has conducted another comprehensive study to update the NEPs.
The Global Mapping of National Evaluation Policies was first started in 2013 by the Parliamentarians Forum with support from EvalPartners. The 2013 report was well received by many international organizations, parliamentarians and VOPEs. The findings of the report were used for advocacy and planning for NEPs at country level. The Parliamentarians Forum again with support from EvalPartners, conducted the global mapping in 2015 which revealed several developments in NEPs in various countries. Both mapping reports were presented and discussed in many international evaluation conferences and analyzed findings in several books and publications. GPFE held regional consultations on NEPs in Asia, Africa and MENA regions based on the mapping studies.
As it is important to take stock of developments in NEPs, GPFE decided to conduct the global mapping again this year. The objective of the study is to provide information on the status of national evaluation policies and systems by country, which will be used for advocacy initiatives where there are no such systems. It is noteworthy to see there are many developments in NEPs in many countries and more countries have endorsed NEP compared to the past. The findings of the mapping will be certainly used by GPFE for supporting Parliamentarians and working with VOPEs on NEPs.