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).
The results presented here are part of the Annual Report for May 2016 which completes the third year of the RAP3 implementation according to the LogFrame. The results are grouped by LogFrame Outcomes and Outputs including 1) Employment, 2) LRN, 3) SED and 4) Capacity Building and compared with targets for May 2016 and trajectories to March 2017. The LogFrame against which these results have been derived is attached in Annex 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Risk Event Registers maintained at districts and centre provide the status of identified risks and actions taken in mitigation.