Development Monitoring and Evaluation (DME)

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I.   Introduction:
The erstwhile Plan Coordination Division was renamed as Development, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division (DMED) and given a fresh mandate. The work of DMED is associated with the Development, Monitoring, and Evaluation Office (DMEO) in NITI Aayog and to function towards convergence of efforts through Government Funded Programmes to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

II.  Mandate:

The work of DMED is detailed as under:

i. To carry out monitoring and impact Evaluation of the Ministry’s funded programmes;
ii. To focus on outcomes and take them into account during appraisal for continuation of the ongoing schemes;
iii. To constitute Evaluation Monitoring Committee (EMC);
iv. To prepare Terms of Reference (ToR) for the EMC;
v. To get the ToRs vetted by Inter Ministerial Group (IMG).
vi. Coordination with NITI Aayog
vii. Nodal Division for coordination with NITI Aayog in the matter of monitoring and evaluation of programmes of the Ministry
viii. Any other matter as assigned by the competent authority in the Ministry
III.  Organization structure:

The Division is functioning under the overall supervision of Principal Adviser and headed by Economic Adviser. Following pictorial graphic depicts the organization structure of the Division.

IV.  Progress in the FY 2018-19:  

As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance and NITI Aayog, DMED is preparing the road map and strategy to create a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the Public funded schemes of the Ministry. The Division is also examining the evaluation methods opted in the Ministry’s schemes as per their SFC/EFC Memos, Appraisal Notes etc., finalized for continuation of the Schemes beyond the 12th Five Year Plan Period, i.e. from 2017-18 to 2019-20 so as to align with the ongoing Fourteenth Finance Commission cycle (2015-16 to 2019-20). The Evaluation Committee constituted for Review of the XII Plan Schemes of MoEF&CC under the chairpersonship of Dr. Anandi Subramanian, Principal Adviser (then Sr Economic Adviser) submitted its Report in October 2016. The methodology adopted by the Evaluation Committee and its recommendations serves as the foundation for future evaluations of Schemes.

An Evaluation Monitoring Committee (EMC) has been constituted vide Notification dated 7th February, 2019 to monitor the overall exercise of evaluation and monitoring, under the chairpersonship of Principal Adviser and representatives of Internal Finance Division, Budget Division, Audit Wing and the JSs/IGFs/Advisers of Programme Divisions are Members. Economic Adviser is the Member Secretary of the Committee.

DMED has formulated a set of common Terms of References (ToRs) for conducting evaluation studies of the Schemes by drawing parameters like Financial, Physical and Implementation issues. The implementing Divisions may furnish Scheme-specific ToRs to project pragmatic requirements of the Schemes. In compliance with directions of the NITI Aayog and Finance Ministry, EMC would supervise the evaluation exercise of Central Sector Schemes only, as the Centrally Sponsored Schemes are being evaluated through the NITI Aayog.

Following Central Sector Schemes are being proposed to be evaluated by Third Party agencies before the completion of FY 2019-20.

  • Eco-Task Force
  • Pollution Abatement
  • Hazardous Substances Management
  • Climate Change Action Plan
  • National Adaptation Fund
  • Control of Pollution
  • National Coastal Mission
  • Forestry Training and Capacity
  • Environmental Education, Awareness and Training
  • Media, Publicity & Information
  • Swachhta Action Plan
  • Environmental Information Systems
  • Centres of Excellence
  • R&D for Conservation and Development
  • National Mission on Himalayan Studies