CPD Independent Evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2023, Iran
Evaluation Type:
Country Programme Evaluation
Planned End Date:
06/2022
Completion Date:
03/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000

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Title CPD Independent Evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2023, Iran
Evaluation Type: Country Programme Evaluation
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2022
Planned End Date: 06/2022
Management Response: No
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.2.1 Capacities at national and sub-national levels strengthened to promote inclusive local economic development and deliver basic services including HIV and related services
  • 2. Output 1.4.1 Solutions scaled up for sustainable management of natural resources, including sustainable commodities and green and inclusive value chains
  • 3. Output 3.3.1 Evidence-based assessment and planning tools and mechanisms applied to enable implementation of gender-sensitive and risk-informed prevention and preparedness to limit the impact of natural hazards and pandemics and promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 35,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Abijit Bhattacharjee Lead International Evaluator
Pedram Mousavi National Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF)
Lessons
1.
  1. The small project initiatives have contributed to future programme development in instances where the CO had a clear understanding of how it could anchor the short-term projects in the wider country programme.
  2. The COVID response showed that whilst continuing to work on chronic issues of poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and health, UNDP country programme needs to have the flexibility and preparedness to respond to acute or episodic vulnerability and poverty caused by disasters and pandemic.

Findings
Recommendations
1

While formulating the new CPD, develop an overarching framework which links growing poverty and vulnerability in the country with the degradation of the environment and climate change factors

2

Undertake a participatory review of the capacity building strategy followed so far and identify success factors (driving forces) and inhibiting factors

3

To promote a learning culture internally within the country team, continuous reinforcement of self-reflection and analysis of outputs and processes, rather than an exclusive focus on activities and project administration, will be necessary

4

UNDP needs to deepen its understanding of vulnerability and poverty and ensure that targeting and selection of its programme cohorts differentiates on the basis of levels of vulnerability based on gender, disability and socio-economic status

5

While communication around project administration is important, staff who constitute the interface with the IPs and government counterparts need to have the skills to facilitate dialogue and knowledge management

6

While better use of TOC (R1 and R3 above) by programme staff on a day-to-day basis will strengthen quality of evidence and programme implementation, a M&E system that enables the process and aids in reporting on key output and outcome indicators will need to be put in place

7

Undertake a review of the chain of procurement and funds disbursement procedures involving UNDP at one end and the provincial authorities at the point of delivery on the other, and identify opportunities for simplification, where feasible

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