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  • Current partners:WB, SIDA, DfID, AfDB, ADBPledged: IFAD, IDB 
  • *Multi-regional. Implemented by the Secretariat. Includes:Global events Will enable the centers, governments and other stakeholders to exchange for knowledge and learning across regions about their different approaches to developing and providing M&E services. *Regional. Implemented by the centers. Includes:Training: development and delivery of courses on different M&E and RBB topics, customized for different audiences, offered in various modalities of learning (including e-learning), and tailored to be offered individually or mainstreamed into degrees, diplomas, certificates or “training of trainers” programsKnowledge Services: evaluation research, organization of regional conferences, creation of websites for M&E networks; and engagement with communities of practice Advisory Services: engagement in evaluations and provision of customized advisory services for government agencies and international organizations They will provide services in results measurement and evaluation capacity building, through different modalities and with customization for a variety of stakeholders and audiences, including government decision-makers and civil society.
  • Competitive process begun in late March and concluded in October.
  • Competitive process begun in August and due to complete in mid-December

What is CLEAR? Presentation Transcript

    April, 2010
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    • Program: A five-year global program launched in January 2010, including bilateral and multilateral donors and the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group; Program housed in IEG
    • 3. Rationale: Increasing demand for performance measurement and accountability
    • 4. Objective: Strengthen competitively selected existing academic institutions or think tanks to provide capacity development services in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results-based management (RBM) to government and civil society
    • 5. Governance Structure: Board (the decision-making and oversight body), Regional Advisory Committees, and Secretariat (housed at IEG).
    • 6. Funding: Donor funds, managed by IEG; IEG’s and Bank units’ (Africa, South Asia, and Latin America) in-kind and budget contributions; centers’ own contributions and revenues
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    Increasing demand for evaluation knowledge
    Internal, within countries:
    Increasing pressure for transparency (access to information), value-for-money, and accountability
    Decentralization, public sector reforms
    Civil society engagement
    External, from development agencies:
    Greater emphasis on using country systems (Paris Declaration; Accra Agenda for Action); shift to financing based on results
    Limited supply of relevant, cost-effective, and sustained evaluation capacity development services
    Need for:
    Customized but cost-effective capacity development services
    Peer-to-peer learning and exchange of knowledge
    A range of opportunities to learn and apply practical and policy-relevant monitoring and evaluation approaches, build systems for M&E
    Regionally accessible capacity development services
  • 8. Program Components
    Global (small) – implemented by Secretariat at IEG
    Capacity-building streams for selected Centers (courses on Performance-based budgeting, Impact Evaluation, Rapid Reviews, Evaluation Systems and Policies, Other)
    Peer-to-peer learning among Centers
    Technical assistance on Centers’ work program
    Regional (big) – implemented by centers based in regional intuitions
    Each center develops its own work-program, responding to the regional contexts, demand, and needs
    Knowledge Services (e.g., research, support to networks)
    Advisory Services (e.g., engagement in evaluations, technical assistance for government agencies’ evaluation system design)
    Multi-regional activities organized by centers themselves
    Coordination with other related initiatives (e.g., 3IE, statistical capacity building)
  • 9. Results Expected
    Regionally based recognized centers providing relevant, cost-effective, and customized services to government and civil society on a sustainable basis
    Greater awareness, practice, and implementation of high quality M&E in the centers’ client countries
    Part of IEG’s results framework under “outcomes and influence”
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    CLEAR’s governance structure comprises a Board, a Secretariat, and the centers’ regional advisory committee (RAC)
    • The Board currently consists of donors providing$500,000 or more per year to the program, chaired by IEG
    • 11. The Secretariat is housed in IEG. The Secretariat implements the Board’s decisions and conducts day-to-day operations of the program
    • 12. The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is selected by the center, with Board approval. RACs play an advisory role and help the centers develop a work program responsive to regional needs and demands
    Each RAC will comprise about six members representing civil society, a professional association, academia, government, donors, and the Bank
  • 13. Regional Component – Selection of Institutions in 2010 and 2011
    Selection in Anglophone Africa and South Asia (2010) and Francophone Africa and Latin America (2011), using a two-stage selection process (spanning 6-8 months)
    Stage 1
    Region-wide open call for expressions of interest
    Shortlisting by an independent selection committee
    CLEAR Board review of shortlist
    Stage 2
    Shortlisted institutions invited to submit full proposals, including an assessment of demand (CLEAR funding for these assessments)
    Secretariat site visits
    Selection committee assessment and recommendation of top two institutions per region to Board
    CLEAR Board selection of center
  • 14. Centers Selected in 2010
    Africa- The University of Witwatersrand (WITS) with partners:
    Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA)
    Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
    South Asia – JPAL at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)
    Selection process currently underway in Francophone Africa and Latin America (to be finalized in November 2011)
    The Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center in China also part of the program
  • 15. 10
    Regional Component
    East Asia Center: AFDC, Shanghai, China
    Francophone Center:
    • 23 Applications from 11 countries
    Latin America Center:
    • 22 applications from 7 countries
    South Asia Center:
    J-PAL at the Institute for Financial and Management Research
    • 24 applications from 6 countries
    • 16. 3 Institutions Shortlisted
    Africa Center:
    University of Witwatersrand
    • 56 Applications from 17 countries
    • 17. 5 Institutions Shortlisted
  • Africa
    Competitive Selection
    • 56 Applications Received
    from 17 countries
    • 5 Institutions Shortlisted
    Country with institutions presenting applications
    Country with shortlisted institutions
    CLEAR Center in Africa
  • 18. South Asia
    Competitive Selection
    • 24 applications received
    From 6 countries
    • 3 Institutions Shortlisted
    Country with institutions presenting applications
    Country with shortlisted institutions
  • 19. 13
    Accomplishments and Looking Forward
    Global Component
    Annual global forum (first global forum in Paris, June 27-30, 2011)
    Forum for peer-exchanges and networking among centers and stakeholders
    Capacity Building Streams
    Performance-based budgeting course – piloted in China, AfCoP meeting in Kenya
    Rapid evaluations course being completed (principally for managers of evaluation units)
    “How to” Practical Impact Evaluation course under development. Featured at the conference “Mind the Gap: From Evidence to Policy” in Cuernavaca, Mexico, June 15-17, 2011
    Other courses planned – Evaluation Systems and Policies; Civil Society Approaches to M&E, Others
    Regional Component
    AFDC (China) already operating
    Selected centers beginning implementation
    Centers being selected in Francophone Africa and Latin America; work to begin in East Asia