Call For Proposals - Multi-Donor Funded Evaluation of OGP

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 4, 2019

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Hewlett Foundation are seeking an evaluation team with extensive experience in the field of governance to carry out an independent evaluation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

OBJECTIVE OF THE EVALUATION

The evaluation will focus on the OGP as a process and platform to promote open governance reform, as well as the roles of its supporting institutions (Support Unit, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) and Multi-Donor Trust Fund). The overarching aim is to learn what factors in various contexts influence the ambition and implementation of open governance reforms through the OGP process, and what types of support are most effective to influence positive outcomes. This evaluation will allow for an in-depth examination of the causal mechanisms through which OGP promotes open government and will focus on a subset of countries and common policy themes, rather than all commitments within countries’ action plans.

This evaluation is meant to be forward looking. A large body of research, including a mid-term review of OGP has assessed OGP’s effectiveness and early outcomes from 2011 to 2017 (see more in Annex 7 of the Terms of Reference). This evaluation must add value to existing literature on OGP and assess OGP’s interventions and outcomes during the course of the evaluation.  

A detailed Terms of Reference can be found here.

A recording of a webinar held during an Early Market Engagement with potential evaluators can be found here.

ABOUT OGP

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral and multi-stakeholder initiative with the convening power to drive global movement for open government reform. OGP brings together government reformers, civil society leaders and citizens to develop action plans to make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. Starting with eight founding members in 2011, the OGP has expanded rapidly to 79 member governments and 20 subnational governments from around the world. In order to join the OGP, governments must meet eligibility criteria on fiscal transparency, access to information laws, and citizen participation.  They then work with civil society and citizens to design an action plan containing specific policy areas for reform.  Progress in delivering commitments in the action plan is independently monitored by the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM).  OGP contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) which commits all countries to build more effective, open, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

OGP is built on the premise that societies do better when people know about the decisions that affect them, when officials can hear from the public, and when the officials are answerable and accountable for their actions. Powerful interests often oppose these reforms, benefiting from closed decisions. There is no blueprint for opening governance, or making OGP work for citizens. Political dynamics and power relationships – who has power, how that power is exercised, the incentives that shape behaviour – vary from place to place. Opening governance, including at the subnational level, is an iterative process of shaping those political dynamics, and rebalancing power. It therefore requires local actors to constantly learn about, and adapt to, the conditions of particular political contexts.

USERS OF THE EVALUATION

The main audience for the evaluation is the OGP,  to help it learn how to maximise its impact, and how to adapt to a variety of political and institutional contexts. The secondary audience are the donors supporting this evaluation, to aid future decisions on how best to support the OGP moving forward. The evaluation should also become a public learning resource, for government reformers in OGP member and non-member countries as well as other organisations working on open government reform, policy makers, evaluators and the broader public.

The OGP Support Unit and the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) already collect a variety of useful strands of data (see Appendix 1 in the ToR), for purposes of monitoring, evaluation and deeper research. The research has also identified some key challenges to the OGP’s work, most importantly the challenge to raise the ambition of countries’ commitments, and the challenge to ensure meaningful implementation of these commitments.

It is critical that the evaluator does not duplicate this knowledge but adds value by using the available knowledge to inform the evaluation and delving into greater detail to investigate the drivers of OGP’s success.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE EVALUATION TEAM

This contract is open to consortia that include evaluators and civil society organizations. Government and civil society collaboration is a critical element in the OGP model. Civil society organizations can be part of the consortium either as co-evaluator or thought partner(s). It is up to the bidder to propose which configuration is most valuable and feasible. However proposals should be clear that civil society will have an integral role in designing, and participating in, the evaluation.

The essential competencies and experience that the Evaluation Team will need to deliver the work are:

  • Extensive knowledge of evaluation methods and techniques in complex settings;
  • Very good policy knowledge and theoretical understanding of government transparency and civil society;
  • Experience with conducting evaluations in priority countries;
  • In-depth knowledge of the political processes in the selected countries, and preferably a local presence in these countries;
  • A track record of high quality, publishable and credible evaluations;
  • Experience in conducting and coordinating multi-country evaluations;
  • Ability to communicate evaluation findings and facilitate learning with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Strong understanding of value for money, including experience in analysing the cost efficiency of policy influencing programmes;
  • Strong research, report writing and communication skills.

Desirable competencies and experience are:

  • Experience working with and/or writing on the Open Government Partnership or similar multi-stakeholder organisations.
  • Good understanding of gender analysis and inclusion

GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS

OGP will hold the contract with the evaluator and provide fiduciary and administrative support. To maintain independence of the evaluation, an Evaluation Steering Committee (ESC) will oversee and manage the evaluation. The decision makers in the ESC will be the donors and two independent evaluation experts. OGP will serve in advisory capacity and will provide input in the design and direction of the evaluation, since the main aim of this evaluation is to be a learning resource. The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) will help to convene regular meetings between the donors and the evaluator to discuss design and outcomes.

BUDGET AND TIMELINE

The evaluation is co-funded by DFID and the Hewlett Foundation from May 2019 until May 2021. DFID funds the set amount of £500,000. The Hewlett Foundation funds a minimum of $400,000 but retains the option to increase this funding during the inception phase. This leads to a provisional budget of approximately £815,000, including all expenses, travel and VAT.

Apart from DFID and Hewlett, funding from other sources may also be secured once the final budget is proposed by the evaluator during a two-month inception phase, starting 2 May 2019. The extra funding is expected to not exceed $500,000.

HOW TO APPLY

A detailed Terms of Reference can be found here.

Please send a detailed proposal and preliminary budget to munyema.hasan@opengovpartnership.org by April 4, 2019.