Evaluating the Impact of Education and Health Policy in Nepal
March 28-31, 2017Kathmandu, Nepal

Why is impact evaluation a useful tool for policymakers and development experts? How is an impact evaluation designed and when is the best time in a program’s lifecycle to start one? In Kathmandu, more than 50 people from government, academia and non-governmental organizations attended a four-day workshop on how to use impact evaluation for better policymaking and program design. Participants, most of whom came from the fields of education, health, and early childhood development, had the opportunity to design their own impact evaluation around a real or expected program, giving them a hands-on feel for what it takes to use impact evaluation successfully.  The workshop was organized by the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund, with support from the Word Bank’s Nepal country office and the Government of Nepal. Full agenda is available here.


“People think of research as a luxury, but it’s not,” said Dr. Tulasi Prasad Thapaliya, Joint Secretary in the Nepal Ministry of Education and a participant in the workshop. “Impact evaluation will provide you with evidence of which of the policy options will deliver the results you are planning or looking for, so it’s not a luxury.”


"I’ve learned that this is an excellent way to really monitor changes that we aim to bring in livelihood of the people affected by large infrastructure projects through a range of benefit sharing activities," said Prem Khanal, communications consultant with the Investment Board of Nepal and a workshop participant.

Day 1: March 28, 2017

Alaka Holla (World Bank): Evaluating impact to design better policies

Alaka Holla (World Bank): Impact evaluations: What, Why, and How

Aakash Mohpal (World Bank): The use of impact evaluation in Nepal

Alaka Holla (World Bank): Experimental methods 1

Maheshwor Shrestha (World Bank): Case Study: Get rich or die tryin'

Shubhra Mittal (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)): Case Study: What, why and how of impact evaluations

Aakash Mohpal (World Bank): Experimental Methods 2

Megha Pradhan (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)): Case Study: Experimental and quasi experimental impact evaluations in Education


Day 2: March 29, 2017

Shubhra Mittal (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)): Identifying problems and questions

Megha Pradhan (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)): Evaluation design: Assignment of treatment

Aakash Mohpal (World Bank): Evaluation design: Measurement and data

Alaka Holla (World Bank): Sample size

Megha Pradhan (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)): What can go wrong.... and how to fix it!


Day 3: March 30, 2017

Neeta Goel (3ie): How to write evaluation proposals for funding

Rachel Hinton (Department for International Development): Harnessing the transformative potential of Education Technology

Aakash Mohpal (World Bank): Research transparency and ethics


Alaka Holla (World Bank): Cost-analysis and costing

Participants (in alphabetical order)
  • Center For Policy Research and Consultancy

  • CEPReC

  • Community of Evaluators Nepal

  • Community of Evaluators Nepal and WLCN

  • Education Review Office (ERO)


  • FW Rita, Dipyal

  • Girls Education Challenge, UK AID

  • GIZ

  • GoN, Health Insurance

  • Helen Keller International

  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Nepal

  • Higher Education Reform Project (T.U.)

  • Inter Disciplinary Analysts (IDA)

  • Investment Board of Nepal

  • Kathmandu University

  • Mercy Corps Nepal

  • Ministry of Education, Nepal

  • Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MoFALD)

  • Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development/MSNP

  • Ministry of Health


  • Nepal Health Research Council

  • NEPAN- Nepal Participatory Action Network

  • Pro Public

  • Save the Children

  • Social health security Development Committee

  • Square One Research and Training

  • Student Financial Assistance Fund Development Board

  • S.W. Nepal Pvt. Ltd.

  • Teach For Nepal

  • Tribhuvan University Higher Education Reform Project Implementation office Kirtipur

  • TU Higher Education Reform Project Office

  • University Grants Commission

  • VSO Nepal

  • World Bank