Progress Reports

Midline Impact Assessment Report of RAP3

This midline report presents the findings from a panel survey of 3,600 households in eight districts in the Mid and Far West of Nepal and incorporates qualitative findings from a complementary Reality Check Approach (RCA) study. This mixed-methods approach was conducted in mid-2016, precisely two years after the baseline, to provide a longitudinal analysis of socio-economic changes in this region as well as an objective assessment of the impact of the third phase of the DFID’s Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP3).

Midline Reality Check Approach (RCA) Assessment of RAP

This report presents the main findings of the Midline Reality Check Approach (RCA) study conducted in April 2016, two years after the baseline study was conducted in 2014. The RCA is the main qualitative element of the mixed methods approach to impact assessment, which also includes a quantitative household survey. The findings are presented in terms of how people living in communities in the project areas see change and how they generally perceive the relevance of the RAP interventions. This report is a companion piece to the main Midline Impact Assessment Report of RAP and should be read in conjunction with that report to illustrate findings for deeper learning.

Direct Beneficiaries’ Feedback

This report presents the findings of a beneficiary feedback process conducted by the MEL. This process set out to capture feedback directly from RAP beneficiaries employed in the Road Building Groups (RBGs) and Road Maintenance Groups (RMGs) only. The process enabled beneficiaries to provide their thoughts on the experience of working on RAP, the benefits accrued, and satisfaction with RAP processes. As such it is not an assessment of impact, but a forum to enable voices of beneficiaries to be heard about RAP processes.

Theory of Change Review

The 2016 review is a critical examination of the RAP3 theory of change conducted in consultation with stakeholders to reflect and review the programme from a holistic perspective. The review looked at a number of studies and learning from the programme and MEL over the last three years. In light of the significant learnings and the three-year extension of the RAP-3 programme to 2019, the review comes at a key time. This document brings together critical insights and thoughts from each of the core RAP3 components and DFID to provide a revised theory of change.

Value for Money (VFM) Analysis of RAP

The Value for Money (VFM) analysis of RAP is one-off review assessing what is driving costs and to ensure that the programme is providing the desired quality at the lowest price. The analysis aims to enable a variety of stakeholders, including DoLIDAR and DFID, to better understand the VfM of approaches to rural road development and thereby facilitate dialogue and learning to develop a VFM framework that can better capture the cost drivers across the 3 E’s of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.

Annual Review 2015

Given the extraordinary year Nepal has had with the recent Earthquake and the fact that Rural Access Programme  Phase  3  (RAP3)  is  a  complex  programme  with  multiple  partners  focused  on  one  of  the poorest and remote parts of the country, the programme has delivered significant results meeting most of the output targets. This is a marked improvement from the last Annual Review (AR).

Trimester Report: March - July 2016

This report covers the progress of RAP3 over the third trimester of FY 2072-73, 16th March to 15th July 2016. It provides data and information relating to progress of RAP3 over the last trimester. A Summary reviews the physical and financial progress of RAP at the end of the last trimester. This shows cumulative physical progress at 86.2%, time elapsed at 80.7% and financial progress at 80%, all nicely grouped. The summary also lists activities carried out last trimester and those planned for the next trimester.

Review of the RAP 3 Performance Management and Verification (PMV) System

The PMV Review Report is a MEL-led independent review of the existing Performance Management and Verification (PMV) system of RAP. The PMV system is RAP’s internal M&E system used to collect, aggregate and report data related to completed activities from the district to the central level. It is used to report results to DFID as well as drive performance management within RAP. The main objective of the report is to assess if RAP’s PMV is fit for purpose. The review examined existing RAP polices, systems and processes, identified strengths and areas for improvement and provided recommendations for addressing the more significant areas of improvement.

Learning Note 1: Re-examining RAP in Nepal's Development Context

This report reviews the implementation of the Local Roads Network (LRN) component of RAP. The objectives of the LRN review were to: a) develop a quantitative analysis of RAP3 LRN; b) assess the effectiveness of current RAP3 LRN approaches in a sample of RAP 3 districts in delivering results and value for money; c) develop recommendations on the future effective delivery of the RAP LRN component.

LRN Review

This report reviews the implementation of the Local Roads Network (LRN) component of RAP. The objectives of the LRN review were to: a) develop a quantitative analysis of RAP3 LRN; b) assess the effectiveness of current RAP3 LRN approaches in a sample of RAP 3 districts in delivering results and value for money; c) develop recommendations on the future effective delivery of the RAP LRN component.

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