- Centrally Sponsored Schemes Evaluations
To ensure efficient and effective use of public resources, the Government of India has made evaluation of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) and Central Sector (CS) schemes mandatory before the schemes come up for fresh appraisal, before the start of the 15th Finance Commission. The Government has assigned DMEO, NITI Aayog the responsibility to conduct independent third-party evaluation of all the CSS in a time-bound manner so that the findings of the evaluation are made available to appropriate authorities for determining the rationalization of the schemes.
The evaluation of the CSS under the 28 Umbrella CSS will be completed through 10 sector evaluation studies, conducted by external agencies procured through an open tender process, which is currently underway. The ten packages are: (1) Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (2) Women and Child (3) Human Resource Development (4) Urban Transformation (5) Rural Development (6) Drinking Water and Sanitation (7) Health (8) Jobs and Skills (9) Water Resource, Environment and Forest (10) Social Inclusion, Law and Order & Justice Delivery.
- Other evaluations
DMEO undertakes evaluation of selected programmes, either suo-motu or on the request of the implementing Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India. The purpose of programme evaluations include an objective assessment of the longer term impacts of the development programmes, identification of the areas and reasons for the successes and failures at different stages of programme execution; suggesting mid-course corrections and disseminating lessons for the future. The parameters for evaluation would include the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and sustainability of service delivery, outcomes and impacts.
DMEO also conducts high-impact flagship evaluations aimed at providing timely actionable insights to decision-makers, building evaluation capacity in the M&E ecosystem in India, and piloting cutting-edge evaluation tools, methodologies, and technologies.
Technical assistance is also provided to various Ministries and Departments on request, including for developing terms of reference, navigating the procurement process etc.
- Other Activities
DMEO is working with various partners to leverage and activate existing capacities in the external ecosystem to undertake a greater depth and breadth of activities than DMEO can undertake by itself. DMEO aims to explore multi-stakeholder engagements involving organizations like funding partners, technical partners and researchers, technology and data partners, field partners etc. DMEO will act as a conduit for M&E knowledge and skills: learning from leading organizations in India and abroad and helping channel this learning towards Union Ministries, States and other external organizations, thereby raising the equilibrium of the entire M&E ecosystem.
The Office also actively participates in NITI-wide initiatives and provides support as and when requested.