UNDP/SGP - Healthy Family Functioning: A Multi-pronged Approach Encouraging Community Initiative

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2011, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
06/2011
Completion Date:
05/2011
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
25,000

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Title UNDP/SGP - Healthy Family Functioning: A Multi-pronged Approach Encouraging Community Initiative
Atlas Project Number: 00015010
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2011, Trinidad and Tobago
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2011
Planned End Date: 06/2011
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Capacities of national and local institutions enhanced to scale up proven MDG acceleration interventions and to plan, monitor, report and evaluate the MDG progress in the context of related national development priorities
Evaluation Budget(US $): 25,000
Source of Funding: DSS
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Mary-Ann Burris Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Civil Society Organizations working in the area of Healthy Family Functioning
Countries: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Comments: Costing is in TTD. Evaluation will be done in May 2011
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Build on the match between the programmatic focus on healthy family functioning and national priorities of the current administration in Trinidad and Tobago. Engage the media to cover the issue and reach out to government actors to inform them of these efforts and these findings. Invite scholars who study related issues to participate.
2 Take internal stock of the learning that the programme offers concerning potential linkages between UN agencies in country, and between UNDP and community-level actors. Evaluate the potential for more flexibility of execution for such programmes while still adhering to UN mandates for accountability and reporting. Use this learning as a case study for building stronger inter-office coordination.
3 Link efforts aims to strengthen civil society organizations undertaken in the UNDP SGP to larger aims defined by the UNDP Country Programme Document. The Toolkit for capacity building of NGOs and CBOs and coordination mechanisms listed in that document could provide useful benchmarks to assess organizational sustainability and capacity, and the partners indicated in the framework provide a useful list of potential stakeholders and participants.
4 Focus attention on capacity building in the non-profit sector. Convene, fund, and brainstorm around ways to create a cadre of competent non-volunteer staff in community organizations and/or provide technical assistance to them. Work with all stakeholders and partners, in government and outside government, to evaluate and address these shortfalls in capacity. Discuss ways to create opportunities for community organizations to locate the funds and support necessary to help them grow to the next steps. Engender recognition and discussion of the connection between the capacity of the non-profit sector and democratic governance and inclusive development.
5 If the programme is reinvigorated, invite new members onto the National Steering Committee and see that clear criteria for the selection and mentoring of grantees are established and agreed upon. Establish mechanisms so that learning is strategically shared beyond the NSC itself. Improve outreach and communication strategies. Create a newsletter, host events, convene discussions to build on the work of individual grantees and establish a community of practice between them.
6 Produce a compelling video that shares the importance of healthy family functioning and the progress represented by this small grants programme. Show how these local efforts provide a useful frame for tackling endemic and intransigent issues related to dysfunctional families and communities in Trinidad and Tobago.
7 Make more visible the projects undertaken and the organizations supported by UNDP and by JB Fernandes Memorial Trust (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) under this small grants programme to date. Do this not for self-congratulation, but to make a contribution to the thinking, the programmes, and the funding that continues to be warranted. Aim the conversation towards new synergies and relationships that could contribute to social cohesion in Trinidad and Tobago.
1. Recommendation: Build on the match between the programmatic focus on healthy family functioning and national priorities of the current administration in Trinidad and Tobago. Engage the media to cover the issue and reach out to government actors to inform them of these efforts and these findings. Invite scholars who study related issues to participate.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

In December 2011 a launch event of the evaluation and an SGP video was held which was covered by the media and attended by approx. 80 stakeholders. Future engagements will be an ongoing work to be realized by the Country Office which will go hand in hand with the implementation of the pipeline portfolio of related projects. The pipeline projects are a large project with the Citizen Security Programme, a new project that will include another grant from the JB Fernandez Trust Fund, and a pipeline project to replicate the Bird Song Academy. Also linkages with the GEF/SGP can be established.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop new project documents on CSP, BirdSong replication, and a new project for small grants for poverty reduction funded by JB Fernandez taking into account these items
[Added: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Programme Officers in Poverty, UN Coordination and Human Security 2012/06 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation: Take internal stock of the learning that the programme offers concerning potential linkages between UN agencies in country, and between UNDP and community-level actors. Evaluate the potential for more flexibility of execution for such programmes while still adhering to UN mandates for accountability and reporting. Use this learning as a case study for building stronger inter-office coordination.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

The current development of the project document that will include the new JB Fernandez grant will look into more flexibility for execution.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation: Link efforts aims to strengthen civil society organizations undertaken in the UNDP SGP to larger aims defined by the UNDP Country Programme Document. The Toolkit for capacity building of NGOs and CBOs and coordination mechanisms listed in that document could provide useful benchmarks to assess organizational sustainability and capacity, and the partners indicated in the framework provide a useful list of potential stakeholders and participants.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

The new CPD 2012-2015 includes a new outcome on improved Human Security that will include close working relationships with civil society and the need for benchmarks to assess sustainability and capacity. The government Citizen Security Programme has already undertaken 2 capacity assessments of NGOs and is planning to conduct a third one. UNDP will follow up with UNDP Regional Centre and HQ to be able to re-use these capacity assessments and to set clear benchmarks in future UNDP programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Discuss re-use of CSP capacity assessments with UNDP regional centre and HQ
[Added: 2011/12/28]
UNDP Programme Officer 2012/03 Overdue-Initiated
4. Recommendation: Focus attention on capacity building in the non-profit sector. Convene, fund, and brainstorm around ways to create a cadre of competent non-volunteer staff in community organizations and/or provide technical assistance to them. Work with all stakeholders and partners, in government and outside government, to evaluate and address these shortfalls in capacity. Discuss ways to create opportunities for community organizations to locate the funds and support necessary to help them grow to the next steps. Engender recognition and discussion of the connection between the capacity of the non-profit sector and democratic governance and inclusive development.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

These items of capacity development will be taken into account for future programming initiatives such as the CSP programme, the new project with JB Fernandez funding, and a new BirdSong replication project.

Key Actions:

5. Recommendation: If the programme is reinvigorated, invite new members onto the National Steering Committee and see that clear criteria for the selection and mentoring of grantees are established and agreed upon. Establish mechanisms so that learning is strategically shared beyond the NSC itself. Improve outreach and communication strategies. Create a newsletter, host events, convene discussions to build on the work of individual grantees and establish a community of practice between them.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

Agreed, invite new NSC members. Mechanisms to be established for learning. Outreach and communication strategies should be included into new project documents.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Invite new members on NSC
[Added: 2011/12/28]
GEF/SGP Coordinator 2011/09 Completed Since the SGP programme completed and the NSC was shared with the GEF/SGP the GEF/SGP coordinator is the focal point for this action.
6. Recommendation: Produce a compelling video that shares the importance of healthy family functioning and the progress represented by this small grants programme. Show how these local efforts provide a useful frame for tackling endemic and intransigent issues related to dysfunctional families and communities in Trinidad and Tobago.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

Agreed, produce video.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Produce SGP video as per specifications and launch at evaluation launch event. Upload DVD on UNDP TT web site or link through at Youtube
[Added: 2011/12/28]
UNDP programme officer 2011/12 Completed
7. Recommendation: Make more visible the projects undertaken and the organizations supported by UNDP and by JB Fernandes Memorial Trust (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) under this small grants programme to date. Do this not for self-congratulation, but to make a contribution to the thinking, the programmes, and the funding that continues to be warranted. Aim the conversation towards new synergies and relationships that could contribute to social cohesion in Trinidad and Tobago.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/12/28]

Agreed. Actions will be to undertake launch event including JB Fernandez representative(s) of the official publication of the evaluation, production and dissemination of DVD, placement of this information on the UNDP TT web site.

Key Actions:

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