Evaluation capacity development in partner countries – Marco Segone UNICEF
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Evaluation capacity development in partner countries – Marco Segone UNICEF



Presentation at the Evaluation Day 2011, HAUS Helsinki

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    Evaluation capacity development in partner countries – Marco Segone UNICEF Evaluation capacity development in partner countries – Marco Segone UNICEF Presentation Transcript

    • National Evaluation Capacity Development A conceptual framework
    • WHY
    • 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
    • Partner countries exercise effective leadership over their development policies and strategies
      • Partner countries exercise leadership in developing and implementing their national development strategies
      • Donors respect partner country leadership and help strengthen their capacity to exercise it
      Implications to the M&E Function
      • Strengthen and use country-led M&E systems
      • Institutionalize M&E systems
      • M&E capacity development to ensure international standards are met
      Paris Declaration Commitment
    • … in line with the UN General Assembly …
      • national Governments have the primary responsibility for coordinating external assistance and evaluating its contribution to national priorities
      • mandated the United Nations system to promote national ownership and capacity development , and to make system-wide progress in harmonizing evaluation practices
    • UNICEF and UNDP ExBoards strongly requested to address it …
      • UNICEF ExBoard:
      • emphasizes that programme countries should have greater ownership and leadership in the evaluation of all forms of assistance
      • underlines the importance of increasing the participation of national counterparts and strengthening national capacity in evaluation
      • 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
    • WHAT
    • A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)
      • Supply side:
      • Behavioural independence
        • Independence of mind & integrity
        • Knowledge and respect of evaluation standards
        • Agreed evaluation processes & products
      • Professional competences
        • Formal education (Masters)
        • Specialized training (UN Training, IPDET)
        • Professional Conferences and meeting
        • On the job training (country-led evaluations)
        • Community of Practices and networking
      • Demand side
      • Capacity to strategically plan evaluations, and to identify the key evaluation questions
      • Capacity to manage evaluation for independence and credibility
      • Capacity to use evaluation
      Individual Level
    • A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience) Institutional Level (policies, procedures, frameworks)
      • Evaluation culture
        • Set of values and attitudes supporting evaluative (critical) thinking within an organization
        • Institutional commitment to learning from evaluation, support evidence-based policy debate and demand for accountability.
        • 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.
        • Protective culture (Remove repercussions on careers)
        • Understanding of the foundations and principles of Monitoring and Evaluation
      • Institutionalizing independence, credibility and utility
        • Evaluation policies
      • Work programme and budget
        • Independence & adequacy of budget
      • Conduct of evaluations
        • Institutional endorsement of standards
        • In-built Quality Assurance systems
      Institutional Level
    • 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)
      • Public administration committed to manage for results and accountability
        • Transparency
        • Results-based public budgeting
        • Evidence-based policy making
      • Strong civil society
        • rights holders able to demand for and monitor quality of public services
      • Strong national evaluation association
        • foster indigenous demand for M&E, and strengthen indigenous supply
      Enabling Environment
    • HOW? Selected UNICEF’s examples
      • Organize meetings and/or conference bringing together
      • the demand side (policy makers, CSO, media) and the
      • supply side (public administration, private sector, academia) to discuss strategies to enhance the use of evidence generated through national evaluation system
      • to influence public policies for children
      • Support right-holders feedback mechanisms and systems , by developing evaluation capacities of non-Governments stakeholders
      • Strengthen policy-makers demand for M&E systems , by enhancing the demand for evidence by Parliaments and Governments
      Enabling Environment
      • Support Governments in conducting a diagnostic of the (existing or potential) country evaluation system
      • Targeting technical support based on bottlenecks identified in the diagnostic
      • Identifying and supporting local leaders for country-led evaluation systems for children, especially in the initial stage .
      • 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
      • facilitating south-south knowledge sharing among countries with identified “good practices”
      Institutional Level
      • promote the professionalization of evaluation by:
        • Maintaining KM system in support of Country-led M&E systems
        • Organizing series of live webinars
        • Providing capacity development opportunities to selected individuals
      Individual Level
      • We should always aim at strengthening National ownership and leadership, and not undermining it:
      • Selecting topics of mutual interest
      • Implement evaluations jointly with Governments, as a first step towards country-led evaluation
      • Hiring local experts to the maximum extent possible
      • Not assuming there are weak evaluation capacities, even if none is immediately apparent
      • Co-ordinating with other UN agencies and key international stakeholders
      • Invest in the country-led process, even if it may require additional efforts and less control
      We need a mind shift to do things differently...
    • Thank you