Evaluation of UNV's Contribution to national volunteers infrastructures

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Evaluation Plan:
2011-2014, UNV
Evaluation Type:
Thematic
Planned End Date:
12/2013
Completion Date:
04/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
200,000

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Title Evaluation of UNV's Contribution to national volunteers infrastructures
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2011-2014, UNV
Evaluation Type: Thematic
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 04/2014
Planned End Date: 12/2013
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Democratic Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Civil society, including civil society organizations and voluntary associations, and the private sector contribute to the MDGs in support of national planning strategies and policies
Evaluation Budget(US $): 200,000
Source of Funding: SVF
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Ella Haruna Lead Consultant (Centre for International Development and Training) ella.haruna@wlv.ac.uk
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UNV
Comments: Delaying evaluation start-up would enable collecting some early results from West-African countries
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. Project scoping: New VI projects should build on pre-existing UNV experience and include substantial stakeholder consultation and partnerships building to build national ownership
2 2. Project design: modalities should be selected according to regional/context, preferably supporting existing rather than new structures
3 3. Capacity development (CD): clear strategies and outputs on CD should be clear in all VI projects.
4 4. Partnership: collaborate with bi-lateral VIOs and other entities, including private sector, present at country level as well as national stakeholders.
5 5. Gender and diversity: mainstream gender indicators, gender and inclusion strategies, and pilot inclusion of sub-sectors of youth.
6 6. Strategic direction and M&E: develop a specific framework and consistent M&E to develop comparable evidence, capture lessons, identify practices and tools for replication and enhance knowledge sharing and learning.
1. Recommendation: 1. Project scoping: New VI projects should build on pre-existing UNV experience and include substantial stakeholder consultation and partnerships building to build national ownership
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? The VI Global Programme will address these recommendations within the guidelines for national initiatives. ? The recommendations will also inform other FU VI activities, such as through advocacy partnerships and POEM funded activities. (non-project based)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- User friendly knowledge product from VI evaluation and disseminated. - Review PRODEFA guidelines to support feasibility studies, consultations, partnership building, and assessment of capacity gaps - Apply standardized implementation of handover template (potential donors, people to consult, lessons learned, etc.). - Adapt UNDAF guidance note with VI examples to support inclusion of VI in UNDAF - Tools to track/assess stakeholder engagement in VI proposals/programmes - Research key elements for national ownership of VI
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Completed Guidance/practice note on developing Youth Volunteer Schemes have been created. PRODEFA (project development funding) has been closed- replaced by Global Programmes and GP implementation guidance. In addition, the new VI programme will continue to address these recommendations.
2. Recommendation: 2. Project design: modalities should be selected according to regional/context, preferably supporting existing rather than new structures
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? The VI Global Programme will address these recommendations within the guidelines for national initiatives. ? The recommendations will also inform other FU VI activities, such as through advocacy partnerships and POEM funded activities. (non-project based)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- User friendly knowledge product from VI evaluation and disseminated. - Review PRODEFA guidelines to support feasibility studies, consultations, partnership building, and assessment of capacity gaps - Apply standardized implementation of handover template (potential donors, people to consult, lessons learned, etc.). - Adapt UNDAF guidance note with VI examples to support inclusion of VI in UNDAF - Tools to track/assess stakeholder engagement in VI proposals/programmes - Research key elements for national ownership of VI
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Completed Guidance/practice note on developing Youth Volunteer Schemes. PRODEFA (project development funding) has been closed- replaced by Global Programmes and GP implementation guidance. In addition, the new VI Global Project (2018-2021) will continue to take these recommendations into consideration.
3. Recommendation: 3. Capacity development (CD): clear strategies and outputs on CD should be clear in all VI projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? Incorporate individual, institutional, and environmental capacity development. ? Create opportunities for knowledge sharing on volunteer infrastructure

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- Personal/FU learning strategies for VI trainings, including knowledge-sharing webinars and community of practice/ Teamworks space. - Toolkit on VI implementation and developing a VI supportive environment (develop collaboratively) - Main capacity development areas linked to VI defined and assessed as part of project development, including partnering with private sector. - Advisory network (with partners) established to support CD and implementation - Proposed: UNV to publish a Glossary of VI Terminology used and agree on French and Spanish translations for key VI concepts. - Guidance Note on Establishing a Youth Volunteer Scheme (based on UNV?s experience)
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS PCS 2017/12 Completed Guidance/practice note on developing Youth Volunteer Schemes. PRODEFA (project development funding) has been closed- replaced by Global Programmes and GP implementation guidance. In addition, a new UNV Global Project for VI and new SF has been developed that will require additional support and new capacity development efforts. These will be addressed with the roll-out of the new VI global project.
4. Recommendation: 4. Partnership: collaborate with bi-lateral VIOs and other entities, including private sector, present at country level as well as national stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? The VI Global Programme will address these recommendations within the guidelines for national initiatives. ? The recommendations will also inform other FU VI activities, such as through advocacy partnerships and POEM funded activities. (non-project based)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
- User friendly knowledge product from VI evaluation and disseminated. - Review PRODEFA guidelines to support feasibility studies, consultations, partnership building, and assessment of capacity gaps - Apply standardized implementation of handover template (potential donors, people to consult, lessons learned, etc.). - Adapt UNDAF guidance note with VI examples to support inclusion of VI in UNDAF - Tools to track/assess stakeholder engagement in VI proposals/programmes - Research key elements for national ownership of VI
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Completed Guidance/practice note on developing Youth Volunteer Schemes. PRODEFA (project development funding) has been closed- replaced by Global Programmes and GP implementation guidance. In addition, a new UNV Global Project for VI and new SF has been developed that will require additional support and new partnership and resource mobilization efforts. These will be addressed with the roll-out of the new VI global project.
5. Recommendation: 5. Gender and diversity: mainstream gender indicators, gender and inclusion strategies, and pilot inclusion of sub-sectors of youth.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? Incorporate gender analysis and country appropriate gender mainstreamed programming in VI global programme. ? Build knowledge on appropriate VI gender programming.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
? Ensure gender and diversity indicators and disaggregated data ? Include gender VI programming research/ knowledge component in VI Global programme ? Integrate with Global Youth Programme to enhance inclusion of marginalized youth.
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS GAT PCS 2017/12 No Longer Applicable [Justification: UNV has conducted a corporate level evaluation on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (GEWE). This evaluation specifically addresses gender and volunteerism and the recommendations from that evaluation will replace these. ]
6. Recommendation: 6. Strategic direction and M&E: develop a specific framework and consistent M&E to develop comparable evidence, capture lessons, identify practices and tools for replication and enhance knowledge sharing and learning.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/02/03]

? Strategically limit number of interventions ? Ensure VI specific indicators in projects and joint programmes

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement Prog/Proj management module in Atlas to address M&E and document programme outputs Promote use of V methodology and other volunteer impact assessment tools.
[Added: 2015/02/03] [Last Updated: 2018/01/12]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Completed UNV is currently developing a monitoring and evaluation handbook which will address project and corporate level monitoring and evaluation. In addition, it will review V-methodology to determine the best and most appropriate uses for the methodology.

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