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Evaluation capacity development in partner countries – Marco Segone UNICEF


Presentation at the Evaluation Day 2011, HAUS Helsinki

Presentation at the Evaluation Day 2011, HAUS Helsinki

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  • 1. National Evaluation Capacity Development A conceptual framework
  • 2.  
  • 3. WHY
  • 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. … 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. WHAT
  • 9. A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience)
  • 10.
    • 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
  • 11. A Systemic approach to Capacity Development. UNICEF Individual Level (skills, knowledge, experience) Institutional Level (policies, procedures, frameworks)
  • 12.
    • 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
  • 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)
  • 14.
    • 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
  • 15. HOW? Selected UNICEF’s examples
  • 16.
    • 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
  • 17.
    • 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
  • 18.
    • 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
  • 19.
    • 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...
  • 20. Thank you