UNDP / Philippines - Developing an evaluation portal to serve as a repository for government policies and materials, and information sharing platform for stakeholder accountability.
To strengthen how the evaluations of priority government programs in the Philippines are conducted, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) - the independent agency responsible for economic development and planning in the Philippines, in partnership with UNDP, embarked on a project to develop a National Evaluation Portal. The purpose was to have a repository of all evaluation studies authorised by NEDA, other government agencies, and development partners. The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) takes into account inclusive and sustainable frameworks to protect Filipinos, ensure quality life, and provide jobs for economic development.
To successfully achieve this goal, NEDA endeavours to push for improved transparency and accountability in governance to fuel economic development. Through the strategic monitoring and evaluation project, a National Evaluation Portal was developed to help conduct evaluations, serve as a repository for government policies and materials, that will enable information sharing and evidence-based decision making, make development stakeholders accountable and foster a community of trust.
The design and development of the National Evaluation Portal was contracted to Bewsys by UNDP Philippines in partnership with NEDA. In providing the website design and development services for the National Evaluations Portal, the Bewsys consulting team assessed the needs of the stakeholders involved in the project which formed the basis for the features and functionalities considered for the design of the web portal.
The National Evaluation Portal was tailored based on the monitoring and evaluation, report generation, and the document library modules of the Bewsys Regulatory MIS. The online-based management information system was created to feature learning resources such as online courses hosted both on the website and through curated links.
Open-source tools and technologies were also deployed to ensure different levels of access to content updates by both internal and public users. Public users were limited to viewing, downloading and commenting on the frameworks, guidelines, evaluation tools, and other resources on the web portal.
The portal was designed to ensure easy engagement with other evaluation practitioners and sharing of content through social media tools. To ensure that the Bewsys technical team delivered the envisioned functionalities of the portal, a prototype was developed and a pilot was conducted using open source web development tools. This accessed the usability of the National Evaluation Portal before it was handed over to the programmatic team.
The National Evaluation Portal has made evaluation tools and studies accessible to the public, and improved the efficiency and accountability of government agencies. According to NEDA, individuals and businesses that need government frontline services have become more satisfied with how they are served.
The benefits of evaluation tools are evident in economic growth and increased outcomes in the operations of locally owned businesses. With this portal, the Philippines government can assess performance for improvement in weaker government agencies and enhance a community of practice to dialogue and exchange knowledge.
The National Evaluation Portal contributes to the sustainable development goals, specifically promoting peaceful and strong institutions, by enabling evidence-based decision making.