About Community of Evaluators - Nepal (CoE-Nepal)

The founding of Community of Evaluators - Nepal (CoE-Nepal), was inspired by the feedbacks received during the symposium on “The Status of Evaluation in Nepal”, held on 11th August 2010 in Kathmandu and International Evaluation Conclave in New Delhi on October 2010. CoE-Nepal is a non-profit, non-governmental, and non-partisan organization. The team comprises a pool of evaluators, development practitioners, and academicians with national and international work experience of over a decade.

Vision: Effective development policy, program and partnership.

Mission: Establish a culture of evaluation at national and international level through development and dissemination of knowledge in evaluation, capacity building of evaluation stakeholders, and promotion of evaluation theory and practice.

Goal: Advance the theory, practice and use of evaluation in development processes.

1. To develop and disseminate knowledge products on evaluation,
2. To enhance capacity of development actors on quality evaluation,
3. To strengthen the dialogue mechanism for promoting the use of evaluation.

Thematic Areas:

1. Knowledge developments
1.1 Situation analysis of evaluation practices and uses in Nepal,
1.2 Review and synthesis of new knowledge, innovation and trends in evaluation criteria, research methodology, and evaluability assessment,
1.3 Meta evaluations,
1.4 Innovative and emerging evaluation research such as appreciative inquiry, contribution analysis, socio-economic impact,
1.5 Studies on the use of evaluation by stakeholders,
1.6 Studies on the new dimensions in evaluation of specific programmes such as climate change, disaster risk management, security system reforms, peace and development; etc.,
1.7 Occasional papers on evaluation practices.

2. Capacity Buildings
2.1 Basic and advance training on evaluation theory, tools and techniques,
2.2 Seminar/workshop/conference/conclave on evaluation theory, practices, model, methods and emerging approaches,
2.3 Professional development trainings of evaluators on evaluation standards, ethics, norms and code of conduct.

3. Promotion of evaluation theory and practices
3.1 Networking with organizations working on the promotion of evaluation,
3.2 Advocacy for mainstreaming evaluation in the development cycle,
3.3 Policy dialogue for the effective use of evaluation,
3.4 Establishment of ethics, standards, norms and code of conducts in evaluation,
3.5 Collaborative research and outreach national and with international evaluation organization,
3.6 Profiling of evaluators.

Chairperson -Gana Pati Ojha

Gana Pati Ojha has above 30 years of experience in development. For the last 20 years he has been actively involved in research and evaluation with state and non-state actors in different countries in Asia both as a team leader/sole evaluator and team member. He is a founder Vice-Chairperson and currently the Chairperson of CoE-Nepal. He has studied evaluation in his Masters and PhD programmes and has used different approaches of evaluation in his work including contribution analysis, appreciative inquiry, and value for money in addition to other common approaches to evaluation. He has conducted over 40 evaluations or evaluation related works in more than a dozen of the countries. He is actively involved in promoting evaluation in Nepal and South Asian countries through facilitation, conducting research on evaluation, networking, supporting for developing evaluation policy framework, capacity building and working for creating enabling environment for evaluation use. He is interested in building evaluation knowledge and facilitating for creating enabling environment of evaluation.

Vice Chairperson -Ram Chandra Khanal

Ram Chandra Khanal is an independent evaluator and has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in monitoring and evaluation, result based management, climate change adaptation, agriculture, natural resources management and livelihoods for last 15 years.

He has worked in south and central Asia with a wide range of organizations including UNEP, IUCN, UNDP, ADB and ICIMOD in managing and conducting evaluations, providing project management support and capacity building of stakeholders. He has wide knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods, designing and leading evaluations, data analysis and addressing cross cutting issues such as gender and equity. He has solid experience of project planning, developing baseline and M&E frameworks and managing projects related to natural resources management.

He has great interest in action research. He has demonstrated experience of carrying out both quantitative and qualitative research and has published many research articles. He has attended many evaluation related courses including from University of East Anglia, UK and EASY ECO Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Austria. He has also worked with government line ministries for developing programmes/ projects (such as Strategic Programme on Climate Resilience) and extended his services in developing government policies and strategies.

Before working as an independent consultant in 2010, he served about 10 years for IUCN and HARP/DFID Nepal as a monitoring and evaluation expert and he was responsible for managing the M&E portfolio including developing M&E framework, plan and managing project evaluation. He is currently involved in many initiatives to promote quality evaluation and have been in many national and international networks including Community of Eevaluators in South Asia and Community of Evaluators – Nepal.

General Secretary -Ramesh Tuladhar

I. Education:
PhD – Geoscience, Montan University, Leoben, Austria, 1983,
M. Sc. Applied Geology, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India, 1973

II. Capacity Building Course on Evaluation:
Major evaluation related trainings undertaken include: Professional Development Workshop on Impact Evaluation, 3ie, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009; South Asia Region Workshop on Development Impact Evaluation, World Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2010; Shanghai International Porgramme for Development Evaluation Training (SHIPDET), Shanghai, China, 2011

III. Work Experience:
Engaged over 30 years with the Govt. of Nepal in various development interventions those include over 12 years in Geology and Mineral Exploration, over 12 years in Groundwater and Surface Water Irrigation and 8 years in Disaster Management. Conducted 3 Impact Evaluations of DIPECHO program (Disaster Risk Management sector) and involved in several evaluations of irrigation and disaster mitigations projects. At present engaged in a research on Impact Evaluation of Mine Risk Education in Nepal

IV. Potential Area of Interest: Develop result based M&E system as well as Evaluation of programs and projects in Mining, Irrigation, Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation sectors.

V. Publication: Published a numbers of articles related to development works in journals, bulletins and news paper; a few reports on Impact Evaluations

VI. Award: National Science and Technology: “Bhubaneswor Pravidhi Puruskar”, 2004

Secretary -Thakur Prasad Bhatta

Mr Bhatta holds two academic Master Degrees in social science- Economics and Sociology. He has professional experience of more than 12 years in designing, planning and management of development programs and projects. In addition; he has more than 7 years of experience in development research. He has extensive experience in planning, monitoring & evaluation of development programs and projects. He has carried out more than 10 evaluations of various programs and projects. Similarly, Mr. Bhatta has carried out more than 12 baseline and pre-project studies for various organizations. He has also developed guidelines and manuals for development organizations. In addition to this, Mr. Bhatta has solid experience in social development including GESI mainstreaming. Similarly he has also experience in capacity building and organizational development with focus on community empowerment and good governance. He has worked in multiple themes/sectors of development associated with diverse development agencies. Mr. Bhatta is good facilitator and team worker with high adaptive ability to diverse culture.

Executive Board Member -Basan Shreestha

Mr. Shrestha has been working as the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Mercy Corps Nepal since January 2012. Prior, he held positions relating to research, monitoring and documentation positions in UNDP Program (WTLCP), CARE Nepal (SAGUN) and Lumle Agricultural Research Centre in Nepal. He is a good team player designing the evaluation studies, data management system; data analysis, and preparing reports for donors and like-minded organizations, He has published articles in national and international journals and proceedings. Mr. Shrestha holds MSc degree in Regional and Rural Development Planning from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 2002.

Executive Board Member -Kanchan Lama

Kanchan Lama has a Master degree in Political Science, B.A. Hons (POl Sc) from Assam, India. Beginning with Action Aid as the women's issues monitor (program officer) in 1985, she went on building on her career as project director, trainer, evaluator and program designer, including advocate on gender justice. She received various types of leadership building training for reframing leadership, monitoring and evaluation training from USAID, UNICEF, UNIFEM, GTZ and SNV. For more than 25 years, she has been working as an expert in building capacity on gender mainstreaming in agriculture, water Resources/Irrigation and Forestry institutions in Nepal and other Asia Pacific countries for FAO, IFAD, ADB, UNIFEM-Asia Pacific, CIDA, GTZ, SNV, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, Afghanaid-UK and CARE besides Action Aid and Lutheran World Federation. She has been practicing gender and equity based evaluation principles through providing review and evaluation services to INGOs, bi lateral and multilateral organizations both national and international level. She is BoD Executive of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), a certified Asia regional trainer on innovative leadership course and remained core Associate to WOCAN, representing women major group at global policy advocacy forums, such as, United Nations Forum of Forests, UNEP, CSD, UNFCCC, The Forest Dialogue, Mountain Forum and Global farmers Forums, etc. She is also the executive board member of Women Leading for Change (WLCN) and of Community of Evaluators, Nepal and has been leading outcome mapping and participatory evaluation for poverty alleviation programmes and women's rights programmes in the region. Currently she is undertaking the role of Principal Investigator for the Nepal for a global research study on “Gender in Agriculture” of CGIAR/CIMMYT and Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

Executive Board Member -Prabin Chitrakar

Prabin Chitrakar has more than ten years of experience in the field of Mine Action. He is a member of International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), American Evaluation Association (AEA) and is a council member of International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (IOCOM).

Mr. Chitrakar has received Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) trainings including the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) of the World Bank and Carleton University, Canada. He has been involved in M&E for his organization. He also provides sessions of M&E at the trainings provided by his organization. He has a keen interest in continuous learning and getting involved in the field of M&E, outcome and development management. He plans to transfer his knowledge in building M&E, outcome and development management capacity in Nepal.

Executive Board Member -Tripti Rai

International Development Professional, with over 15 years in the sector, having solid grass roots, national and international experiences in Monitoring and Evaluation, HRBA programme design, strategy development, capacity development, learning and accountability, knowledge management with senior management experience having lead teams at country and international levels. Currently Country Representative of a reputed International NGO in Nepal. Masters in Sociology, with a Certificate in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation; proven leadership abilities, diligent and committed to social justice.

SN. Name Sex Membership Year Life Member Membership in 2013 Membership in 2011 Permanent Address/Home Address Phone Number(Home) Phone Number(Mbl) Email Address Skype
1. Ramesh Man Tuladhar Male 2011 Yes General Secretary Chairperson Sitapaila - 8, Kathmandu, Nepal 977-1-4270509 977-98510 02148 r.tula1950@gmail.com Ramesh.Tuladhar 21
2. Gana Pati Ojha Male 2011 Yes Chairperson Vice-Chairperson 15/17 Tashindol Marga, Kalanki, Kathmandu-14, Nepal 977-1-4289827 977-903226940 gpojha@gmail.com gpojha
3. Ram Chandra Khanal Male 2011 Yes Vice-Chairperson General Secretary Chitraban Municipality, Chitwan 977-1-5544180 977-9841369922 khanalrc@gmail.com ramchandrakhanal
4. Thakur Prasad Bhatta Male Yes Secretary Secretary 977-1-4282592 bhatta.thakurprasad@gmail.com
5. Prabin Chitrakar Male 2011 Yes Executive Board Member Treasurer Bhagwanpau, Swoyambhu-15, Kathmandu, Nepal 977-1-4279873 977-9841367743 prabinc@gmail.com c.prabin
6. Kanchan Lama Female 2012 Yes Executive Board Member Executive Board Member Sunrise home, Balkumari, Lalitpur-9, Nepal 977-1-5006064 977-9851061384 kanchan.lama01@gmail.com k_lama
7. Hari Dhungana Male 2013 Treasurer Bhaktapur 977-1-4469801 977-9851100669 hari@sias-southasia.org h.dhungana
8. Basan Shrestha Male 2013 Executive Board Member Ghattekulo Marg 160, Kathmandu, Nepal 977-14770695 977-9841885457 basanshrestha70@gmail.com;
9. Kamlseh Kumar Yadav Male 2013 General Member Barahi-Birpur-5, Birpur, Saptari 977-9851162232 yadav.forester@gmail.com;
10. Dilli Raj Joshi Male 2013 General Member 54 Achal Marg, KMC- 16, Kathmandu 977-1-4366084 977-9851046803 dillijoshi@gmail.com dilli_joshi
11. Ram Chandra Lamichhane Male 2013 General Member Gadi- VDC- 8, Parsa 977-9851093538 977-9851093538 rc.erips@ntc.net.np airc_nepal
12. Narayan Bhatta Male 2013 General Member Kathmandu-14, Kalanki 977-1-4278430 977-9841582812 narayanbhatta@yahoo.com;
13. Bina Adhikari Female General Member Neelakantha-5, Dhading Bensi, Dhading, Nepal 977-9841066805 adhikaribinaa@gmail.com binu.adhikary
14. Tripti Rai Female 2013 Executive Board Member 977-9851221066 tripti.rai@actionaid.org
15. Krishna Babu Joshi Male 2014 General Member 977-9851082595 krishnababuji@gmail.com
16. Dr. Rohit Kumar Nepali Male 2013 General Member 152, Sunrise Homes, Balkumari, Lalitpur 977-1-5006046 977-9851024663 sapied@sapi.org.np;
17. Dr. Jagadish Chandra Pokharel Male jagadish@pokharel.net
18. Basundara Bhattarai Female Yes
19. Swastika Shrestha Female Yes
20. Yamun Yadav Male Yes
21. Kedar Nath Bhatta Male 2015 General Member Kirtipur Ward 1, Tanglafant 977-1-4283768 977-9841807573 kedarnbhatta@hotmail.com kedar.bhatta1