Evaluation of Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) PHASE III

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Barbados
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
06/2012
Completion Date:
07/2012
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
40,000
4.2 Lessons Learned 4.2.1 Regarding the Overall Intervention from an Outcome-oriented Perspective The essence of the evaluation is to assess UNDPs added value and UNDP management/delivery approach for this kind of regional project with national outcomes. It will no doubt provide excellent lessons to be able to replicate this type of project modality in the future. However, at least some general lessons about the very essence/logic of this type of intervention (a regional technical assistance centre, etc.) should be drawn. Is this type of intervention in itself relevant and useful, and should be replicated? Going directly to administrative and management modalities seems to not question the usefulness of the intervention in itself. Most elements to determine this will be generated by the relevance and effectiveness assessments, and it would be interesting to include this reflection from a lessons learned perspective. What can we learn from this type of intervention from an outcome-oriented perspective? 4.2.2 Regarding UNDP Project Management and Delivery Application The participation in a project management should not go beyond 5 years. By definition, the institutions should get the capacity to continue doing the tasks, while UNDP could assume a more specific role in substantive issues.

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Title Evaluation of Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) PHASE III
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Barbados
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2012
Planned End Date: 06/2012
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
  • 3. Cross-cutting Development Issue
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Inclusive growth and social equity promoted through pro-poor macroeconomic and fiscal policies that support income, employment and social protection of youth, women and vulnerable groups in a sustainable way
  • 2. Strengthened national capacities to integrate into the global economic system and to negotiate and manage traditional & emerging development finance for inclusive development
  • 3. Access to information policies support accountability and transparency
  • 4. UNDP programmes/projects integrate capacity development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding: REGIONAL TRAC
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
C├ęsar Guerrero Team Leader
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: CARICOM Member States, IMF, CDB, DFID, EU, CIDA
Countries: BARBADOS
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 UNDP should leverage its position in the region by moving into more ?substantive?, less administrative opportunities, capitalizing on experience gained from administering programmes such as CARTAC
2 UNDP should enhance its strategic positioning of the sub-regional programme to further build on the reduction of human and social vulnerabilities (ADR implementation report), improve south-south cooperation strategies and work to a greater extent with the private sector. In line with recommendation No.11 of the ADR, greater efforts should be made to strengthen the capacity of the UNDP Barbados office to utilize and manage RBM procedures.
3 Respondents suggest that the UNDP office in New York (RBLAC) should offer greater levels of administrative support and not leave the regional office alone to administer all programme and management tasks on its own. Evaluation recommendations for other donor organizations include: Donors should clarify their positions and priorities with respect to their roles and expectations for outcomes.
1. Recommendation: UNDP should leverage its position in the region by moving into more ?substantive?, less administrative opportunities, capitalizing on experience gained from administering programmes such as CARTAC
Management Response: [Added: 2012/08/21]

Leveraging UNDP engagement in cost-shared regional programming modalities not only requires enhanced engagement with development partners but is required to forge new private sector partnerships. This also highlights a critical need for greater corporate investment to enhance field office competitiveness with larger resourced development agency programmes in the Caribbean. Effective implementation support in UNDP comparative advantage areas such as human development niches would also be enhanced by greater access to technical expertise inputs from HQ and Regional Centres

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Refocused programming on Economic Governance taking account of UNDP post-Rio sustainable development priorities
[Added: 2012/08/21] [Last Updated: 2015/11/12]
Barbados and OECS 2016/12 No Longer Applicable New MCPAP approved
Resource Mobilization strategy re-defined and finalized
[Added: 2012/08/21] [Last Updated: 2015/11/12]
Barbados & the OECS 2013/12 Completed Review of RM Strategy started
Communications Strategy and Project finalized
[Added: 2012/08/21] [Last Updated: 2015/11/12]
Barbados & the OECS 2013/12 Completed Review of CS Implementation started and Project formulated
2. Recommendation: UNDP should enhance its strategic positioning of the sub-regional programme to further build on the reduction of human and social vulnerabilities (ADR implementation report), improve south-south cooperation strategies and work to a greater extent with the private sector. In line with recommendation No.11 of the ADR, greater efforts should be made to strengthen the capacity of the UNDP Barbados office to utilize and manage RBM procedures.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/08/21]

In line with ADR defined actions, new 2012-2016 M-CPAP formulated and realigned to take account of specific issues to support programme gaps and deficits identified: south-south cooperation, private sector, RBM and SIDS human and social vulnerabilities data collection.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review of Economic Crisis PSIAs recommendations for 7 Eastern Caribbean programme and revised implementation strategy for more effective results and long-term social vulnerability impacts and policy reforms
[Added: 2012/08/21] [Last Updated: 2015/11/12]
UNDP Barbados and OECS 2016/12 Completed Review proposed in 2013
SIDS specific evidence-based research, data collection in Citizen Security and Democratic Governance Assessments to inform programme initiatives with new partners and private sector support
[Added: 2012/08/21]
UNDP Barbados and OECS 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated Regional Research published
Private sector outreach to support Youth Development
[Added: 2012/08/21] [Last Updated: 2015/11/12]
UNDP Barbados/OECS 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated Draft Analysis
3. Recommendation: Respondents suggest that the UNDP office in New York (RBLAC) should offer greater levels of administrative support and not leave the regional office alone to administer all programme and management tasks on its own. Evaluation recommendations for other donor organizations include: Donors should clarify their positions and priorities with respect to their roles and expectations for outcomes.
Management Response: [Added: 2012/08/21]

This requires specific HQ/Field collaboration to support realigned policy/programming decisions and actions which would be catalytic and enhance UNDP/ donor coordination roles and outcomes. In line with Evaluation Recommendation/Issue 1, this recommendation reinforces the need to address corporate operational and management factors that enabled or constrained the functioning and delivery of a multi-country, sub-regional programme which also support regional projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
New M-CPAP implementation requires focus and access to UNDP/HQ/RSC inequality programming resources to address SIDS economic impacts
[Added: 2012/08/21]
Barbados and OECS/HQ/RSC 2016/12 Overdue-Not Initiated To be initiated
The current global economic crisis highlights Caribbean SIDS governance issues and will require programme focus on addressing enhancing resilience of SIDS state capacities and the highly dependent structure of SIDS economies
[Added: 2012/08/21]
Barbados and OECS/OGC 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated
Programme re-focus to revive social vulnerability policy development and programme inputs to build citizens? resilience
[Added: 2012/08/21]
Barbados and OECS/BDP 2016/12 Overdue-Initiated

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