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 Outcomes (UNDP Strategic Plan 2008-20013)
  • 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]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Initiated
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]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Initiated
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]
PDD VKIS PCS 2017/12 Initiated
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]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Initiated
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]
PDD VKIS GAT PCS 2017/12 Initiated
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]
PDD VKIS RMSS PCS 2017/12 Initiated

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