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Evaluation of Verifin Training Programme, 10 November 2011 Evaluation of Verifin Training Programme, 10 November 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • BY TUIJA STENBÄCK, CONSTELLE BIRGIT AURELA, VTT Expert Services LtdMARJA TUOMINEN, VTT Expert Servoces Ltd
  •  TRAINING IMPLEMENTED BY THE FINNISH INSTITUTE FOR VERIFICATION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION (VERIFIN) - A UNIT UNDER THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY VERIFIN TRAINING HAS SUPPORTED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION (ADOPTED IN 1992) IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL ALLOCATION FROM THE ODA-FUNDS HAS BEEN 450 000 DURING THE LAST DECADE EVALUATION FOCUSES ON THE TRAINING DURING THE LAST 10 YEARS EVALUATION WAS UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN NOV. 2010-JUNE 2011 Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 2
  •  UPDATE THE INFORMATION ON THE TRAINING SINCE THE MTR-2000 FOCUS ON THE PROGRAMME DIMENSIONS  PROGRAMME CONCEPT  INSTITUTIONAL SET UP  CONTENTS AND MODALITIES  ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OBJECTIVES EVALUATION CRITERIA  RELEVANCE, EFFICIENCY, EFFECTIVENESS, IMPACT, SUSTAINABILITY  FINNISH VALUE-ADDED  CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 3
  •  DOCUMENT REVIEW INTERVIEWS  MFA , VERIFIN STAFF, OPCW IN HAGUE, EMBASSY OF FINLAND, HAGUE, CMC  TRAINEES AT VERIFIN ELECTRONIC SURVEY OF ALL BASIC COURSE PARTICIPANTS DURING TEN YEARS FIELD MISSIONS TO SIX COUNTRIES  ETHIOPIA, KENYA, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, MEXICO, PANAMA, WHERE  INTERVIEWS WITH NAs, FORMER TRAINEES  LABORATORIES VISITED  UNIVERSITIES VISITED  INDUSTRIES VISITED Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 4
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  •  STRENGTHS  TRAINING GIVEN IN FINLAND WITH HIGH LEVEL TRAINING FACILITIES, HIGHLY COMPETENT STAFF AND SMALL INTAKES (4/COURSE) HAS ALLLOWED INDIVIDUALISED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND PRODUCED GOOD LEARNING RESULTS  HANDS-ON TRAINING METHOD COMBINED WITH THEORETICAL TRAINING CONTRIBUTED TO GOOD LEARNING RESULTS  CWC ARTICLE XI PURPOSE SERVED WELL WEAKNESSES  TRAINING NEEDS ANALYSIS NOT DONE IN RELATION TO THE DIVERSIFIED SET OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES  DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION GOALS AND PRINCIPLES NOT GUIDED THE TRAINING CONCEPT AND MODALITY  RESULTED IN SUPPLY-BASED TRAINING MODALITY INSTEAD OF DEMAND-BASED Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 6
  • STUDENT SELECTION EMPHASISES ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, GENDER EQUALITY – ACHIEVEMENT - ONE THIRD OF FEMALE TRAINEES ALL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (CWC SIGNATORIES) ELIGIBLE – NO PRIORITY FOR THE 2 LOWEST INCOME LEVEL COUNTRIESGOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT DUAL ROLE OF VERIFIN IN CWC WITH TWO SOURCES OF FUNDING 1. NATIONAL AUTHORITY ON BEHALF OF MFA – FUNDING FROM THE POL-20 2. TRAINING – FROM ODA FUNDS POL-20 RESPONSIBLE FOR VERIFIN GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION HENCE, DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES NOT BEEN LEADING WHEN USING ODA-FUNDS Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 7
  • USING ODA FUNDS TWO 3-MONTHS COURSES (BASIC AND ADVANCED) IMPLEMENTED ANNUALLY WITH 4 TRAINEES IN EACH • HIGH UNIT COSTS DUE TO LOW NUMBER OF TRAINEES SHORT COURSE FOR NATIONAL AUTHORITIES • CWC REQUIRED DECLARATIONS - NOT DEVELOPMENT COOPERATIONMONITORING AND REPORTING FEEDBACK FROM THE TRAINEES WITH QUESTIONNAIRES - POSITIVE NO FOLLOW-UP OF THE TRAINEES IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES AFTERWARDS- DUE TO LARGE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES ANNUAL REPORTS PREPARED – DESCRIPTIVE - NOT ANALYTICAL Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 8
  • ON EVALUATION CRITERIA Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 9
  •  TRAINING HAS BEEN RELEVANT IN RELATION WITH THE CWC REQUIREMENTS  PARTICULARLY THE COURSE FOR THE NATIONAL AUTHORITIES IN PREPARING THE REQUIRED DECLARATIONS  RELEVANT ALSO FOR PREPARATION FOR THE PROFICIENCY TEST RELEVANCE HAS BEEN QUESTIONABLE IN RELATION WITH THE NEEDS AND PRIORITIES OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WEAK ALIGNMENT WITH FINLAND’S DEVELOPMENT POLICIES Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 10
  •  TRAINING PROGRAMME MANAGED EFFICIENTLY  DUE TO 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND HIGHLY PORFESSIONAL STAFF & FACILITIES IN HELSINKI HIGH UNIT COSTS OF HELSINKI-BASED TRAINING DUE TO LOW NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND HIGH ADMIN COSTS  AS A RESULT MAINLY OF THE HIGH RENT OF SPACE AT THE UNIVERSITY NEARLY HALF OF THE TRAINING FUNDS USED FOR RESEARCH (2008&2009) THAT SUPPORTS THE CWC AND VERIFIN’S STATUS AS THE DESIGNATED LABORATORY Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 11
  • POSITIVE GOOD LEARNING RESULTS – HOMOGENOUS GROUPS EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE CONTINENTS SHARE OF WOMEN INCREASED OVER THE YEARS HIGH QUALITY TRAINING MATERIALS HANDS-ON TRAINING METHODOLOGY APPRECIATED BY THE TRAINEESPROBLEMATIC NO MONITORING/FOLLOW-UP AFTER THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES NOT BASED ON ANALYSIS OF THE ISSUES AND NEEDS OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES SUPPLY-BASED TRAINING MODALITY GUIDED BY THE CWC NOT DEVELOPMENT POLICY Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 12
  • POSITIVE CAPACITY TO PREPARE DECLARATIONS TO OPCW IMPROVED  NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND CHEMICAL DATABASES COURSE (NACD)CHALLENGES WEALTHIER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES PRIORITISE PASSING THE PROFICIENCY TEST AND SET UP A DESIGNATED LABORATORY- NO YET ACHIEVED SKILLS TO USE SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT IMPROVED – TRAINEES OFTEN DO NOT USE THESE SKILLS – DUE TO COMING FROM ”WRONG” LABS. IMPACT WEAKENED BY THE TRAINING CONCEPT- INDIVIDUAL BASED TRAINING-NOT INSTITUTION BASED CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 13
  • POSITIVE NACD TRAINING PRODUCED MOST SUSTAINABLE RESULTS- DECLARATIONS TO OPCWCHALLENGES ROLE OF THE NA CRITICAL IN PRODUCING SUSTAINABILITY PRE-SELECTION OF CANDIDATES FROM RELEVANT LABORATORIES FOR TRAINING – ETHIOPIA AND MALAYSIA STRONG INVOLVEMENT AND NATIONAL SELECTION POLICY WEAKEST LINK WITH THE NA AND PRE-SELECTION IN MEXICO AND PANAMA WHERE TRAINEES DID NOT WORK IN RELEVANT FIELDS OF CHEMISTRY Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 14
  •  OPCW AND MEMBER STATES HAVE RELIED FOR 20 YEARS ON TRAINING AVAILABLE IN FINLAND BY VERIFIN VERIFIN EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND HIGHLY APPRECIATED BY THE PARTNERS NO OTHER MEMBER STATE HAS PROVIDED TRAINING ON LONG-TERM BASIS Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 15
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  •  ODA FUNDS NOT TO BE USED FOR CWC IMPLEMENTATION PURELY, E.G. SHORT COURSES FOR ATTAINMENT OF THE DESIGNATED LABORATORY STATUS  FUNDING FOR THESE COURSES ENTIRELY FROM OPCW ODA FUNDS TO BE USED FOR CAPACITY BUILDING IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY IN SELECTED COUNTRIES  BETTER ALIGNMENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT POLICY  LINK REMAINS WITH THE CWC IN SELECTION OF THE TARGETED LABS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 17
  •  RESEARCH CAN BE DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES:1) RESEARCH FOR VERIFIN ITSELF TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS OF HIGHEST RANKING DESIGNATED LABORATORY2) RESEARCH RELATED TO DEVELOPMENT OF SOPHISTICATED METHODS OF ANALYSING CWAs – NOT A PRIORITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 18
  •  PRIORITISE THE TWO LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRY CATEGORIES IN THE ODA-FUNDED PROJECT- INITIALLY PERHAPS FROM FINLAND’S MAIN TARGET COUNTRIES MOVE FROM HELSINKI-BASED TRAINING TO IN-COUNTRY TRAINING TRANSFER FUNDS FROM THE BASIC AND ADVANCED COURSES (WITH A PHASING OUT PERIOD) TO DEVELOP CAPACITY OF SELECTED LABORATORIES IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY SELECT 2-3 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES FOR A 1-2 YEAR PROJECT - LINK WITH THE CWC REMAINS THROUGH SELECTION OF THE LABORATORIES IN COOPERATION WITH THE NA COUNTRY-SPECIFIC NEEDS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN PLANNING THE PROJECT/S-DEMAND-BASED TRAINING Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 19
  •  CAPACITY BUILDING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRY CAN BE COMPLEMENTED WITH OTHER MODALITIES AS THE FUNDING FRAME WOULD MOST LIKELY REMAIN THE SAME POSSIBLE OTHER INSTRUMENTS:  MASTERS SCHOLARASHIP PROGRAMME  TWINNING ARRANGEMENTS WITH UNIVERSITIES  ICI-INSTRUMENT  NORTH-SOUTH-SOUTH UNIVERSITY NETWORK Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 20
  •  EXPLORE NETWORKS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY THAT CAN BE USED AND BENEFIT FROM REGIONAL COOPERATION E.G. EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA LABORATORY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCES CAN BE SUPPORTED BY EXPERTS6. STRENGHTEN DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE DEVELOPMENTPOLICY DEPARTMENT, POLITICAL DEPARTMENT OF MFA ANDVERIFIN GUIDANCE ON PLANNING, MONITORING AND REPORTING Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 21
  •  VERIFIN’S DUAL ROLE AND DUAL FUNDING SOURCES HAS LED TO A SITUATION WHERE A SINGLE TRAINING MODALITY HAS TRIED TO FULLFILL TWO SETS OF POLICY DEMANDS BOTH POLICY REQUIREMENTS WOULD REQUIRE A DIFFERENT APPROACH IN TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THIS EVALUATION TRIES TO ADJUST THE TRAINING CONCEPT AND MODALITIES WITH CWC AND ODA REQUIREMENTS Evaluation of VERIFIN training 10.11.2011 22