NIMD programme evaluation released

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) has released the results of the third periodic evaluation of its programme, including an inception study led by DLP Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal.

Since 2000 the NIMD has supported political parties in over 20 countries. Its programmes range from helping create multiparty dialogue platforms for politicians to the establishment of ‘democracy schools’ to give would-be civic actors the tools they need to get involved in the running and decision-making of their communities.

At the end of each multi-annual period, NIMD evaluates its programmatic and institutional results and develop recommendations for its next multi-annual period.

It commissioned Evaluation of the NIMD Programme 2011-2014: Inception Study, asking Alina and her co-authors, ODI Research Officer Clare Cummings and Leni Wild, Head of Programme at ODI, to answer three overarching questions:

  • What effect did the 2011-2014 programme have on interparty dialogue; legitimate political parties, and fruitful interaction between political and civil society?
  • Had a decision to sharpen focus led to more relevant programmes and so to better programme results?
  • How had changes in NIMD’s institutional and organisational set-up improved programme  management, increased  programme effectiveness and improved the running of the organisation as a whole?

On the recommendation of the inception report, NIMD decided not to proceed with a full institutional evaluation of the organisation and its programmes of work, and instead undertook more focused evaluations of three of its country programmes.

The three country evaluations of NIMD work in Georgia, Guatemala and Mali assess how far its goals were met during the 2011–2014 programme in fostering multiparty dialogue, assisting legitimate political parties, encouraging interaction between political society and civil society, and in integrating gender and diversity across its work. A synthesis study to bring the findings together was prepared by Laure Hélène Piron.

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