Mid-term Evaluation of the Regional Project on Democratic Dialogue

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Evaluation Plan:
2008-2013, RBLAC
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
11/2010
Completion Date:
11/2010
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
70,000

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Title Mid-term Evaluation of the Regional Project on Democratic Dialogue
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2008-2013, RBLAC
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2010
Planned End Date: 11/2010
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. National and local institutions have the capacities to reduce the impact of disasters, especially climate change related disasters, on vulnerable communities
  • 2. National and local institutions have the capacities to prevent, reduce and mitigate the impact of conflict
  • 3. National and local institutions have the capacity to respond to gender-based violence and to increase women's civic engagement, participation and leadership in crisis prevention, ongoing crisis and post-crisis contexts
  • 4. National and local institutions have the capacity to deliver improved justice and security, including safeguarding citizen security, in conflict-affected settings
Evaluation Budget(US $): 70,000
Source of Funding: DGTTF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Nana Gibradze Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: OAS, IDEA, CIDA, AECID, ACDD, the Carter Centre, CAF, FundaciĆ³n PROPAZ, Global Leadership Initiative, WSP-International, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, the Third Side Network, Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy, Mediators Foundation, University for Peace, Hewlett Foundation Conflict Prevention Program, Soros Foundation.
Location of Evaluation: Regional
Countries: ARGENTINABOLIVIACHILECOLOMBIAECUADOREL SALVADORGUATEMALAHAITIHONDURASJAMAICAMEXICONICARAGUAPANAMATRINIDAD AND TOBAGOURUGUAYVENEZUELA
Comments: The Project has forged strategic partnerships with UN System agencies, such as UN DPA as well as with UNDP bureaus such as BCPR and BDP.
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Extend the current Project for an additional 3 years maintaining the current strategic lines but re-defining it with strong reference to strategic involvement of UNDP region. This does not imply technical aspects of UNDP work but mostly political and strategic positioning of UNDP in the region
2 Conduct the analysis of the needs for DD and actual demand, identifying potential stakeholders and beneficiaries and entry points.
3 Develop a focused public awareness and visibility strategy to publicize the achievements and services of the Project and to promote the DD approach with other practice areas, Country offices, and other strategic partners.
4 Define the purpose of the regional COP for DD and look for ways to operationalize the COP.
5 New strategic and professional partnerships should be made in order to increase application of the Dialogic approach.
6 As soon as the funds for the new phase are approved, conduct a new round of knowledge systematization to collect, systematize and disseminate the wealth of new knowledge and experiences accumulated in the region since 2005. Consider publishing a new edition of the DD Handbook enriched with the new knowledge generated in and pertinent to LAC. Continue working on knowledge systematization and its dissemination. Through different activities enrich it, encode it and share the experiences accumulated in the region.
1. Recommendation: Extend the current Project for an additional 3 years maintaining the current strategic lines but re-defining it with strong reference to strategic involvement of UNDP region. This does not imply technical aspects of UNDP work but mostly political and strategic positioning of UNDP in the region
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Work on a Project Plan in order to extend the project for another 3 years focusing on the UNDP region?s strategic involvement politically as well as its position.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish a functioning Project Board incorporating senior staff from RBLAC, 2-3 RC/RR with the knowledge of Democratic Dialogue principles and/or experience with the RPDD, representatives of CPR, DG Practice Areas. a. The primary function of this Board should be to ensure strong political support and strategic guidance to the Project and to lobby the Democratic Dialogue approach with Governments and donors;
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2010/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
2. Recommendation: Conduct the analysis of the needs for DD and actual demand, identifying potential stakeholders and beneficiaries and entry points.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Identify potential stakeholders, beneficiaries and entry points in order to plan the project strategy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.2. Initiate and support a debate about the corporate strategy on Democratic Dialogue and discuss the validity and relevance of the DD concept and methodology within the context of UNDP strategic engagement in the region, primarily in the area of conflict prevention and democratic governance but considering other practice areas as well. a. Revisit Strategic Outlook on Dialogue which contains a set of findings, and recommendations, which are still highly relevant today and can serve as a good point of reference for the debate.
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2010/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
3. Recommendation: Develop a focused public awareness and visibility strategy to publicize the achievements and services of the Project and to promote the DD approach with other practice areas, Country offices, and other strategic partners.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Increase public awareness and visibility of the project publicizing the achievements and services of the project with other practice areas, COs and other strategic partners.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Conduct an assessment of the current COP composition and capacities, to classify and map existing resources, identify the gaps in capacities and expertise and refresh the COP inviting new members and introducing new areas of expertise/capacities as required. a. Contract professional expertise if needed and allocate funds for awareness and visibility; 3.2. Identify and attract experts with high academic credentials, ?democratic dialogue gurus? to increase the visibility of the Project, improve lobbying of the concept / tool and attract funding. 3.3. Consider 2 types of awareness: external ? aimed at Governments, civil society and other partner agencies and internal, aimed at RC/RRs, analyst and key programme staff.
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2010/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
4. Recommendation: Define the purpose of the regional COP for DD and look for ways to operationalize the COP.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Putting special emphasis on COP operationalization work on operational guidelines, training needs and virtual platforms in order to define the purpose of the regional COP for DD.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1. Develop, together with the Advisory Committee and under the guidance of the Project Board, the conceptual base on operational guidelines for the COP to match the needs of the LAC COs and countries with the capacities and expertise of the COP 4.2. Identify training needs and allocate funds for this purpose 4.3. Look for ways on how to operationalize the COP and consider alternative virtual platforms, as TeamWorks may not be the most suitable for the needs of COP
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2010/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
5. Recommendation: New strategic and professional partnerships should be made in order to increase application of the Dialogic approach.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Strengthen institutional capacities and resources in the region as well as developing interagency cooperation and increased application of the Dialogic approach in interagency settings.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1. Explore the possibilities of forming new strategic and professional alliances (e.g. CRIES, the Change Alliance etc.) after conducting an assessment of existing organizations working in the field of DD. 5.2. Under the guidance of the Advisory Board develop the strategy for interagency cooperation and increased application of the Dialogic approach in interagency settings, in particular at the UNCT levels.
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2010/11 Overdue-Not Initiated
6. Recommendation: As soon as the funds for the new phase are approved, conduct a new round of knowledge systematization to collect, systematize and disseminate the wealth of new knowledge and experiences accumulated in the region since 2005. Consider publishing a new edition of the DD Handbook enriched with the new knowledge generated in and pertinent to LAC. Continue working on knowledge systematization and its dissemination. Through different activities enrich it, encode it and share the experiences accumulated in the region.
Management Response: [Added: 2011/04/14]

Take the necessary measures to systematize, encode and disseminate knowledge and experiences shared through a varied array of events and activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1. Continue expanding the learning base on DD and improve the quality and outreach of its academic programmes. The current course on DD is aimed at raising awareness on DD, however, there is a need for a more comprehensive academic course, offered internally (VDA) and externally (Virtual School). Consider associating the course with an established academic institution and look for the possibilities for offering credits towards a degree or a certificate. a. b. 6.2. As soon as possible and immediately after the completion of systematizations mentioned above, convene a publicity/awareness/strategic planning event (a mini Knowledge-Fair on DD) inviting all important stakeholders, UNDP Country Offices, UNDP Bureaux representatives, UN Agency representatives, donors. 6.3. Convene a brainstorming session with PAPEP to review the possibilities for joint cooperation on the basis of the Proposal for Cooperation prepared by the Project in November 2009 and the notes from the interview with Mr. Antonio Aranibar, PAPEP Coordinator, of October 2010 6.4. In the same vein, consider convening brainstorming sessions with other regional Projects to explore synergies with the RPDD, such as SIGOB, PROLOGO, Indigenous Initiative, ?Afro-descendant Population in Latin America? and others 6.5. The same model of knowledge codification used by the RPDD can be useful in other areas like poverty, HD, environment and energy etc. The Evaluation recommends looking for ways of exporting the knowledge codification experience and know-how, in cooperation with the Knowledge Management Cluster of the Regional Centre and other interested entities.
[Added: 2011/04/14]
BCPR 2011/11 Overdue-Not Initiated

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