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National Evaluation Capacity Development A conceptual framework
 
WHY
Mutual accounta bility Managing for results Harmoni zation Alignment Ownership National ownership and capacity development...
Partner countries exercise effective leadership over their development policies and strategies <ul><li>Partner  countries ...
…  in line with the UN General Assembly … <ul><li>national Governments  have the primary responsibility for coordinating e...
UNICEF and UNDP ExBoards strongly requested to address it … <ul><li>UNICEF ExBoard: </li></ul><ul><li>emphasizes that prog...
WHAT
A Systemic approach to Capacity Development.  UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)
<ul><li>Supply side: </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural independence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence of mind & integrity </l...
A Systemic approach to Capacity Development.  UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)  Institutional Level...
<ul><li>Evaluation culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set of values and attitudes supporting evaluative (critical) thinking wit...
A Systemic approach to Capacity Development.  UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)  Institutional Level...
<ul><li>Public administration committed to manage for results and accountability  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency </li>...
HOW? Selected UNICEF’s examples
<ul><li>Organize meetings and/or conference  bringing together  </li></ul><ul><li>the demand side  (policy makers, CSO, me...
<ul><li>Support Governments in conducting a   diagnostic  of the (existing or potential) country evaluation system   </li>...
<ul><li>promote the professionalization of evaluation  by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining KM system in support of Count...
<ul><li>We should always aim at strengthening National ownership and leadership, and not undermining it: </li></ul><ul><li...
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  1. 1. National Evaluation Capacity Development A conceptual framework
  2. 3. WHY
  3. 4. Mutual accounta bility Managing for results Harmoni zation Alignment Ownership National ownership and capacity development: the key ingredients to development Management for DevResults and Paris Declaration Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness
  4. 5. Partner countries exercise effective leadership over their development policies and strategies <ul><li>Partner countries exercise leadership in developing and implementing their national development strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Donors respect partner country leadership and help strengthen their capacity to exercise it </li></ul>Implications to the M&E Function <ul><li>Strengthen and use country-led M&E systems </li></ul><ul><li>Institutionalize M&E systems </li></ul><ul><li>M&E capacity development to ensure international standards are met </li></ul>Paris Declaration Commitment
  5. 6. … in line with the UN General Assembly … <ul><li>national Governments have the primary responsibility for coordinating external assistance and evaluating its contribution to national priorities </li></ul><ul><li>mandated the United Nations system to promote national ownership and capacity development , and to make system-wide progress in harmonizing evaluation practices </li></ul>UNICEF
  6. 7. UNICEF and UNDP ExBoards strongly requested to address it … <ul><li>UNICEF ExBoard: </li></ul><ul><li>emphasizes that programme countries should have greater ownership and leadership in the evaluation of all forms of assistance </li></ul><ul><li>underlines the importance of increasing the participation of national counterparts and strengthening national capacity in evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>encourages UNICEF to use national evaluation systems , where available, to continue to incorporate capacity-building mechanisms into programme design and implementation and ensure that evaluations are responsive to national demand </li></ul>UNICEF
  7. 8. WHAT
  8. 9. A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)
  9. 10. <ul><li>Supply side: </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural independence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence of mind & integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge and respect of evaluation standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agreed evaluation processes & products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional competences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal education (Masters) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized training (UN Training, IPDET) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Conferences and meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the job training (country-led evaluations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community of Practices and networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demand side </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity to strategically plan evaluations, and to identify the key evaluation questions </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity to manage evaluation for independence and credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity to use evaluation </li></ul>Individual Level
  10. 11. A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience) Institutional Level (policies, procedures, frameworks)
  11. 12. <ul><li>Evaluation culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set of values and attitudes supporting evaluative (critical) thinking within an organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional commitment to learning from evaluation, support evidence-based policy debate and demand for accountability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual more self-directed learners and use information to act; take higher risks but also develop a greater sense of personal accountability and responsibility; consult, coach, and support each other more. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protective culture (Remove repercussions on careers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding of the foundations and principles of Monitoring and Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutionalizing independence, credibility and utility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation policies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work programme and budget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence & adequacy of budget </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conduct of evaluations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional endorsement of standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-built Quality Assurance systems </li></ul></ul>Institutional Level
  12. 13. A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience) Institutional Level (policies, procedures, frameworks) Enabling Environment (policies, legislation, power relations, social norms)
  13. 14. <ul><li>Public administration committed to manage for results and accountability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results-based public budgeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence-based policy making </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong civil society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rights holders able to demand for and monitor quality of public services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong national evaluation association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>foster indigenous demand for M&E, and strengthen indigenous supply </li></ul></ul>Enabling Environment
  14. 15. HOW? Selected UNICEF’s examples
  15. 16. <ul><li>Organize meetings and/or conference bringing together </li></ul><ul><li>the demand side (policy makers, CSO, media) and the </li></ul><ul><li>supply side (public administration, private sector, academia) to discuss strategies to enhance the use of evidence generated through national evaluation system </li></ul><ul><li>to influence public policies for children </li></ul><ul><li>Support right-holders feedback mechanisms and systems , by developing evaluation capacities of non-Governments stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen policy-makers demand for M&E systems , by enhancing the demand for evidence by Parliaments and Governments </li></ul>Enabling Environment
  16. 17. <ul><li>Support Governments in conducting a diagnostic of the (existing or potential) country evaluation system </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting technical support based on bottlenecks identified in the diagnostic </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying and supporting local leaders for country-led evaluation systems for children, especially in the initial stage . </li></ul><ul><li>Seed/support a pool of local talent/national expertise in evaluation , including by supporting National (or Regional) Evaluation Associations and/or National (or regional) Centers of Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>facilitating south-south knowledge sharing among countries with identified “good practices” </li></ul>Institutional Level
  17. 18. <ul><li>promote the professionalization of evaluation by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining KM system in support of Country-led M&E systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizing series of live webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing capacity development opportunities to selected individuals </li></ul></ul>Individual Level
  18. 19. <ul><li>We should always aim at strengthening National ownership and leadership, and not undermining it: </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting topics of mutual interest </li></ul><ul><li>Implement evaluations jointly with Governments, as a first step towards country-led evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring local experts to the maximum extent possible </li></ul><ul><li>Not assuming there are weak evaluation capacities, even if none is immediately apparent </li></ul><ul><li>Co-ordinating with other UN agencies and key international stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in the country-led process, even if it may require additional efforts and less control </li></ul>We need a mind shift to do things differently...
  19. 20. Thank you
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