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Sri Lanka has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to evaluation through its multi-faceted efforts. The National Evaluation Policy of Sri Lanka was approved in 2018 and is the only country in South Asia having endorsed NEP. A prominent rise of evaluation activity in Sri Lanka began in the 1970s. One unique feature in Sri Lanka was establishing a separate Ministry of Plan Implementation charged to serve as a national focal point for M&E of all government development projects and programmes to ensure the achievement of results and development effectiveness. Currently. DPMM is the lead organisation that ensures that the evaluation function is operationalized by public institutions in line with the National Evaluation Policy. Demand for evaluation in Sri Lanka across national and local government, society, and the private sector is emerging in Sri Lanka. As elsewhere in the world the use of evaluation is very limited in Sri Lanka too. The evaluation reports generated through government ministries and development partners usually target users who are expected to take action upon recommendations. It has been found that due to poor communication of evaluations and lack of access to reports, people are not aware of the evaluations and their findings. Documented evidence on the use of evaluations by the general public is also limited.

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Kalugampitiya, A., de Silva, S., Senaratna, C. (2023). Evaluation in Sri Lanka. In: Stockmann, R., Meyer, W., Zierke, N. (eds) The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in Asia-Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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