Mid-term Evaluation General Authority for Statistics Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2022, Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
12/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title Mid-term Evaluation General Authority for Statistics Project
Atlas Project Number: 00096665
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2022, Saudi Arabia
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2021
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.3.1 National capacities and evidence-based assessment and planning tools enable gender-responsive and risk-informed development investments, including for response to and recovery from crisis
SDG Goal
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG Target
  • 10.1 By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 13,012
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
John Kimote Evaluator KENYA
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: General Authority for Statistics
Countries: SAUDI ARABIA
Lessons
1.

The establishment of comprehensive agricultural and animal surveys with an agricultural statistical methodology using agricultural terminology in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


2.

Using the central product classification guide in addition to designing tables for the results of the results. The forms were also designed in clear and studied scientific methods that cover the objectives of agricultural surveys.


3.

Active networking and collaboration with partners is rewarding in terms of timely and credible statistics.


4.

Good governance of statistical processes has statistical / significance for quality statistical products.


5.

It is important to make strategic collaborations with the GIS specialized entities to unify efforts and guarantee having a unified database kingdom-wide.


6.

It is necessary to have national work force who can manage the geo-databases in order to update them constantly.


7.

It is significant to choose the technologies that are used in development. GIS environments must be used as they have the ability to deal with the geo-databases in accordance with the standard criteria.


8.

Data quality issues need to be handled carefully in order to obtain credible population projections.


9.

Coordination with stakeholders in terms of gathering of death and birth registration data to a good level of completeness and quality is important.


10.

The data sources is strong but still need working to be more accurate and comprehensive


11.

Knowing how to compile TSA tables (TSA methodological framework)


12.

Realizing the importance of cooperation between main players in Saudi tourism sector.


13.

The Department of Environmental Statistics characterized by highly qualified personals in the field of Statistics, and  preparation of environmental publications, which requires continuous capacity building especially in the technical environmental issues and regional and international environmental conventions through continuous training workshops inviting other organizations producing environmental data to participate.


14.

Obtaining realistic estimates of energy consumption by knowing:Vehicle Size (Engine Capacity) type of use,  Vehicle age


Findings
1.

Evaluation Ratings:

1. Monitoring and Evaluation

rating

2. IA& EA Execution

rating

M&E design at entry

Project design did not include a comprehensine M & E plan. Monitoring of project implementation had gaps

3/5

Quality of UNDP Implementation: Implementation was passive, progress reports missing

3/5

M&E Plan Implementation: M & E system was not reliable and effective

1/5

Quality of Execution - Implementing Partner: Limited ownership,implementation structures not effective, and gaps in documentation and reporting

3/5

Overall quality of M&E: Weak system and no M & E plan

1/5

Overall quality of Implementation Average

3/5

3. Assessment of Outcomes

rating

4. Sustainability

rating

Relevance: Relevant to country context, needs and priorities of key stakeholders and direct beneficiaries

5/5

Financial resources: Not fully utilized, no deficits

5/5

Effectiveness: Results framework was output based and due to gaps and documentation, the contribution of the project could not be fully established. The Covid 19 affected implementation

3/5

Socio-political: There is political goodwill for GASTAT transformation plan. Covid 19 affected im[lementaion

4/5

Efficiency: Limited ownership, gaps in coordination and management of project implementation

2/5

Institutional framework and governance: Organizational structure in place though most staff are new

4/5

Overall Project Outcome Rating: Some progress made at output level. 

3/5

Environmental: There is no major environmental factor that could jeopardize implementaion

4/5

 

 

Overall likelihood of sustainability: Average

4/5


Recommendations
1

Promote project ownership through inclusive implementation (the involvement of internal and external stakeholders) and mutual accountability.  The project should conduct a stakeholder mapping and analysis to identify all stakeholders and how each is affected by the project. Based on this analysis, identify the key stakeholders and develop a strategy on how to partner with them or seek their contribution to the project activities. GASTAT should seek “buy in” by promoting inclusiveness and participation of all internal stakeholders. GASTAT/UNDP

2

The project architecture needs some adjustments /realignments to be more effective . The project theory of change and results framework needs restructuring to show the logical link of each output with the respective  outcome. This should be done by reconstructing the Theory of Change to show the domains of change and revising the results framework indicators to include outcome-based SMART indicators. UNDP/ GASTAT

3

Address gaps in management and coordination mechanisms to deal with reduced morale of the staff. This can be done by regularly updating/communicating with GASTAT technical staff about the ongoing transformation plan which is good but not well communicated to staff. GASTAT

4

Improve project documentation and reporting of progress through quarterly, biannual and annual performance reports. UNDP project team through the CTA should ensure project implementation is well documenent in regular quarterly progress reports. UNDP/GASTAT

5

Establish an effective M & E framework to regularly measure project indicators. UNDP project team should develop an M & E plan and work closely with GASTAT to ensure attention is given to all the components/outputs/outcomes and indicatore are regularly monitored and measured against targets. UNDP/GASTAT

6

South-South and Triangular Cooperation not fully implemented. The project should open channels of communication and knowledge sharing with other regional and international organizations and institutes. This can be done by identifying countries with best practices in statistics and organizing experience sharing forums and visits.UNDP/GASTAT

7

Recruited experts should domesticate good practices and lessons learned. This can be agreed with the experts during recruitment and included in their contracts. GASTAT

8

Recruit technical experts(service providers) on long term contracts instead of short term. Directorates/department needs shold be strategically identified e.g through a needs assessment and come up with best strategies to effectively respond to those needs. To establish the statistical needs of GASTAT, the project CTA should work closely with each directorate/department heads to conduct a needs assessment. UNDP/GASTAT

9

Enhancing the transfer of knowledge from technical experts to –staff. Training and capacity building should be done systematically and there is a need to develop a staff development plan. GASTAT/UNDP

10

There is need for honest and transparent collaboration between many entities with statistical authority in the country. In Foreign Investment case, the success of GaStat would require the support and help from SAGIA, SAMA and foreign investment companies in Saudi Arabia. GASTAT/UNDP

11

Develop a gender implementation strategy and develop/update gender statistics indicators to reflect vision 2030 and SDG goals-on gender equality and women empowerment. GASTAT/UNDP

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