Step 7.1 Prepare final evaluation

A final evaluation   of the NSDS is essential toward or at the end the plan period to measure the achievement of the vision, strategic outcomes, and key outputs set out in the beginning and to inform the next NSDS.

The final evaluation can be a formative evaluation   or process evaluation  . The focus of the final evaluation should be the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, and to some extent, the impact of the envisaged strategic outcomes. Measuring impact may prove challenging at this point as it would take a reasonable span of time to realize and manifest most of the desired long-term changes and benefits for the NSS  .

Concrete actions

  • Organize an interagency evaluation task force to guide and oversee the evaluation process.
    • Include a small number of key ministries/agencies, e.g., major data producers, ministries/agencies with large-scale statistical activities or representing a priority development sector
    • Include representatives of key data user groups, e.g., planning and finance ministries/agencies, private sector, civil society organizations, academic and research community, and development partners.
  • Prepare the terms of reference for the evaluation.
    • Provide the rationale, objectives, principles, and expected outputs as well as the key questions to be addressed.
    • Describe the evaluation methodology, assumptions and limitations, tools, and sources of data and information.
      • Choose which evaluation tool to use.
      • Consider using available NSDS evaluation tools.
    • Specify the timeline, clarify the reporting mechanism, and provide cost information.
    • Seek approval and endorsement of the terms of reference   from the highest statistical body   and highest statistical authority  .
    • Hire independent consultants, if resources allow

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