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What is CLEAR?


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What is CLEAR?

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