Improvement of infrastructure and support to urban upgrading and socio-economic revitalization of northern part of Cyprus

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2012, Cyprus
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
12/2011
Completion Date:
02/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
23,000

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Title Improvement of infrastructure and support to urban upgrading and socio-economic revitalization of northern part of Cyprus
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2012, Cyprus
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2012
Planned End Date: 12/2011
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Livelihoods and economic recovery generated, including infrastructure restoration, employment and sustainable income earning opportunities for crisis affected communities
  • 2. Infrastructure improved and urban upgrading and socio-economic revitalizaation of northern part of Cyprus supported
Evaluation Budget(US $): 23,000
Source of Funding:
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Roderick Ackermann Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: CYPRUS
Comments: The evaluation has been rescheduled for 2011 due to funding issues.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNDP PFF could use its influence to mobilise relevant actors to develop a clear overall strategy for the sustainable development and exploitation of the area, taking into account the needs of all sectors of the community.
2 Project design should put more emphasis on outcomes. Systems should be put in place locally to track outcome and impact indicators, and these should be reviewed from time to time to ensure their continuing relevance.
3 All projects and sub-projects should have some planning document incorporating the general principles of the standard project document (e.g. stating justification, outcomes, outputs,indicators, start and finish dates, budgets, locations, counterparts/ promoters, etc.).
4 Projects should incorporate more systematic dissemination and networking. This is particularly important for projects with a potentially high demonstration value.
5 Strategic management and reporting would be greatly facilitated bythe implementation of a simple relational database to track basic project data, and to record regular monitoring information.
6 Implementation reports should be systematically produced at regular intervals and should include some tabular information covering each project, such as budget, commitments,disbursements, counterparts, start and end dates, status, etc.
7 Independent external review should be carried out on a more regular basis.
1. Recommendation: UNDP PFF could use its influence to mobilise relevant actors to develop a clear overall strategy for the sustainable development and exploitation of the area, taking into account the needs of all sectors of the community.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

UNDP ? PFF will consider to bring to the attention of the Nicosia Master Plan / local authorities (town planning/municipality) the need to develop/ update an overall strategy for the sustainable development of the central area of the northern part of Nicosia. It should be noted that the municipality in the north has not been functioning properly for the past 6 months due to internal problems.

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2. Recommendation: Project design should put more emphasis on outcomes. Systems should be put in place locally to track outcome and impact indicators, and these should be reviewed from time to time to ensure their continuing relevance.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

UNDP-PFF agrees with the recommendation. UNDP-PFF is reviewing indicators for all projects under INFR 1 & INFR 2 and preparing an assessment of progress to be included in the EC Final Report.

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3. Recommendation: All projects and sub-projects should have some planning document incorporating the general principles of the standard project document (e.g. stating justification, outcomes, outputs,indicators, start and finish dates, budgets, locations, counterparts/ promoters, etc.).
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

All UNDP-PFF projects and sub-projects were prepared for submission to the Project Steering Committee for funding according to a basic template. We agree that the template should be improved for future submissions to include the information indicated in the recommendation.

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4. Recommendation: Projects should incorporate more systematic dissemination and networking. This is particularly important for projects with a potentially high demonstration value.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

UNDP-PFF provided the evaluator the social media links used for dissemination and public information, but we understand that only the website was checked. Since October 2011, the Face Book (FB) page has been improved and twitter, flicker ? a youtube page was also opened. All links are also provided in the PFF webpage. Updates are posted 3 times a week. Links for initiatives and projects with a potentially high value are always provided to the UNDP corporate/ donor / partners. As of July 2012 ? UNDP-PFF Facebook likes are 485 and depending on the type of the event or initiative we reach, according to FB reports, approx.1200 people x day. In case of special events, the report received from FB shows approx. 4500 people reached. UNDP-PFF You tube video views are 3865. UNDP ? PFF on Twitter (just started) has 85 followers. Our web site has reached 175,763 visits since 2007, while the maximum number of monthly visits is 4719 and was registered in May 2001.

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5. Recommendation: Strategic management and reporting would be greatly facilitated bythe implementation of a simple relational database to track basic project data, and to record regular monitoring information.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

Database is available and was provided to the evaluator. Database is regularly updated and place in UNDP-PFF intranet. Database will also be improved with additional data.

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6. Recommendation: Implementation reports should be systematically produced at regular intervals and should include some tabular information covering each project, such as budget, commitments,disbursements, counterparts, start and end dates, status, etc.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

Implementation reports are provided on monthly basis to the EC in the requested format. UNDP-PFF agrees that the submission of annual reports should be prepared on regular basis.

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7. Recommendation: Independent external review should be carried out on a more regular basis.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/05/25] [Last Updated: 2012/07/26]

We agree with the recommendation and have taken it into account for future projects.

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