Evaluation of the impact of Sida’s research cooperation with Bolivia 2007-2016

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This assignment was an evaluation of the impact of Sida's research cooperation with Bolivia. The Swedish research cooperation with Bolivia  was initiated in 2000, with the latest phases starting in 2007 with the signature of two agreements, with the Universidad Mayor San Andres (UMSA) and the Universidad Mayor de San Simon (UMSS), and was followed by a third agreement in 2008 with an agreement signed with the Vice ministry of Science and Technology (VCyT). The initial partnership agreements were followed by a multi-year phase expanding 2013 to 2017. The cooperation focuses on institutional and research capacity building at the UMSA and UMSS respectively. According to the Terms of Reference, the purpose of the assessment is twofold:

  1. To analyse and assess the impact of the Sida-funded bilateral research cooperation with Bolivia during the years 2007-2016 in building research capacity as well as a research environment
  2. To identify next steps required for the country and its universities to achieve national and institutional sustainability for research

The assessment was guided by the overall objectives of the Strategy for research cooperation and research in development cooperation 2015-2021 Strengthened research of high quality and relevance to poverty reduction and sustainable development, activity 1. Focusing on capacity development for research.

The assessment had a broad scope and respond to an extensive number of specific questions on impact, sustainability, relevance, as well as cross cutting issues. The evaluation questions cover issues of research environment development, the changing role of the different entities which have received funding; the influence of research on policy, government, private sector and civil society; the influence of infrastructure on research outputs and outcomes; as well as changes in and the role of publications.  The efforts to sustain the impact of the support provided and encourage the growth and development of research are also to be assessed. Lastly the process that is undertaken to identify and support different research avenues is also to be examined. Notably three key cross cutting issues, gender, environment and human rights, and how these have been integrated into the programme is also to be assessed.

The evaluation was undertaken during Spring 2017 and was be presented in September 2017 to Sida and Bolivian stakeholders.


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