Nepal Rural Access Programme – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Component: Reality Check Approach Baseline Report

The MEL component of RAP generates knowledge and facilitates learning for the programme and its partners. It does this by providing in-depth analysis on the progress and outcomes of RAP and the contribution that it makes to development.

MEL is an independent component of RAP. Strong emphasis is placed on partnership – with RAP’s implementing agencies and other organisations in Nepal that are involved in associated research or have an interest in using the knowledge that it generates.

MEL’s activities are focused in eight RAP core districts in mid and far west Nepal

This report presents the main findings of the baseline Reality Check Approach (RCA) study which was conducted in May 2014. The RCA study is the main qualitative element of the Independent third party monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of the Rural Access Programme 3 (RAP3) which is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFiD). The RCA is part of a mixed methods approach to third party evaluation. As such it is fully integrated with the quantitative elements. A scoping RCA study conducted in December 2013 in Kalikot and Dailekh was used to influence the quantitative survey and to provide insights into how the survey might be better conducted. The household survey of 3,200 HH was started in April 2014 and ran in parallel to the RCA. This report is both a stand alone report but also serves as an annex of the synthesis report, which combines the information from both quantitative and qualitative study streams and results from the joint analysis of data generate by the combined qualitative and quantitative research teams