Mid-Term Evaluation of Support to the implementation of the Resolution 80/NQ-CP on directions of Sustainable Poverty Reduction 2011-2020 and the National Targeted Program on Sustainable Poverty Reduction 2012-2015 (PRPP) project

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
03/2015
Completion Date:
03/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
41,700

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Title Mid-Term Evaluation of Support to the implementation of the Resolution 80/NQ-CP on directions of Sustainable Poverty Reduction 2011-2020 and the National Targeted Program on Sustainable Poverty Reduction 2012-2015 (PRPP) project
Atlas Project Number: 00083792
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Viet Nam
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 03/2015
Planned End Date: 03/2015
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
Evaluation Budget(US $): 41,700
Source of Funding: Costsharing Irish Aid
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Babul Azad M&E Officer babul.azad@undp.org
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: MOLISA
Countries: VIET NAM
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 Evaluation Recommendation 1: Focus support upon the design of the next generation of poverty reduction policies after 2015 1.1) Focus attention and resources upon supporting the redesign of policies and programmes for poverty reduction for the next phase of poverty reduction programming after 2015; 1.2) Support the design of a policy framework to maximise synergies and avoid overlaps between policies and programmes for poverty reduction, social assistance, and rural development; 1.3) Strengthen the coordination and oversight roles of MoLISA and CEMA in PR policy making and supervision of PR policies, PR for ethnic minorities; 1.4) Support the institutionalization of the MDP approach through developing the MDP Masterplan and a legal framework for operationalizing the MDP approach. Ideally, this institutionalization of the MDP approach should be made in relation to the next programming of PR policies; 1.5) Provide support to develop a platform for partnership between the GoVN and DPs in the next phase NTP SPR and implementation of MDP approach in the future PR policies.
2 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Focus support upon the integration of PR resources and the further development and institutionalization of innovative poverty reduction models at the sub-national level 2.1) Strengthen the capacity of PRPP pilot provinces to consolidate and integrate poverty reduction resources and target chronic poverty more effectively. To ensure success with limited resources and within a short timeframe, this should be prioritized to some potentially ?champion? provinces (such as Tra Vinh and Quang Ngai). In addition, collaboration with other PR projects in the PRPP provinces, especially NMPRP2, GNTN, IA support to P135 communes, or IFAD-supported projects is recommended to leverage on these significant resources and promote experience sharing and cooperation toward a synergy; 2.2) Institutionalize best practice models for poverty reduction in block grant development (in a more conventional meaning of block grant), commune investment ownership and participatory SEDP planning); 2.3) Consider piloting results-based funding allocation in PRPP provinces (to improve efficiency and effectiveness, accountability and transparency). This is a challenging task in the current context but would be important demonstration of result-based management for the next programming of PR policies
3 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Further enhance the capacity of poverty reduction officers and local people (and women in particular) to increase their agency in, and sense of ownership of the poverty reduction process. 3.1) Intensify the project?s capacity building efforts with local officials and local people through clearly linking capacity building support to other ongoing activities of the project; 3.2) Intensify the project?s capacity building efforts with local officials and local people through clearly linking capacity building support to other ongoing activities of the project; 3.3) Build the sense of ownership of local people of GoVN resources and programmes (through supporting participatory planning, M&E and building on the successes of local policy forums); 3.4) Promote the participation of women in poverty reduction processes through having an explicit gendered target for each project activity that goes beyond the number of women that attend a course or meeting.
4 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Concentrate effort and resources on developing more effective communication and advocacy between the project?s central level and sub-provincial levels 4.1) Support activities that strengthen the ability of provinces to advocate for policy change to the national level, (through supporting their research, documentation, dissemination and advocacy capacity of good practice, and further developing networking and experience sharing activities). This is to strengthen the link between the national and sub-national levels in fostering policy changes, which was found relatively weak in practice.
5 Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Strengthen and improve project activities and work planning processes 5.1) Consolidate and reduce the number of activities at both central and sub-national levels and focus upon key strategic activities that are clustered, or joined up, either to other national level activities, or to sub-national ones, and which can effect a ?critical mass? for change; 5.2) Improve the provision of Technical Assistance to sub-national PMU?s in particular, who require better TA support to produce better quality outputs and processes (through for example the network of consultants, INGOs and researchers envisaged in the PD); 5.3) Ensure the end users of project TA are fully involved in identifying the output expected from the project TA during the ToR drafting process; 5.4) Strengthen the M&E system to ensure the project is operating at the requisite strategic level by deciding on a very selective list of key performance indicators for monitoring and at the same time, simplifying the current reporting requirements ? which are relatively surveillance-oriented.
1. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation 1: Focus support upon the design of the next generation of poverty reduction policies after 2015 1.1) Focus attention and resources upon supporting the redesign of policies and programmes for poverty reduction for the next phase of poverty reduction programming after 2015; 1.2) Support the design of a policy framework to maximise synergies and avoid overlaps between policies and programmes for poverty reduction, social assistance, and rural development; 1.3) Strengthen the coordination and oversight roles of MoLISA and CEMA in PR policy making and supervision of PR policies, PR for ethnic minorities; 1.4) Support the institutionalization of the MDP approach through developing the MDP Masterplan and a legal framework for operationalizing the MDP approach. Ideally, this institutionalization of the MDP approach should be made in relation to the next programming of PR policies; 1.5) Provide support to develop a platform for partnership between the GoVN and DPs in the next phase NTP SPR and implementation of MDP approach in the future PR policies.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2015/08/17]

Agree with the recommendations #1.1-#1.4 and actions have been started as from end of 2014 to timely adjust the project interventions. For the partnership support (#1.5), there?s no official Partnership for this period and the platform has been set up under the EMPRWG co-chaired by the UN and Ireland.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Reflect the recommended focus of the project (PR policy and programme design and institutional of MDP approach) in the 2015-2016 project review and annual work planning process
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2016/12 Completed Activities have been designed in the 2015 AWP and 2016 AWP History
1.2 Continue to strengthen partnership between GOV and DPs via the EMPRWG co-chaired by the UN and Ireland
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/12/12]
UNDP 2016/12 Completed Regular EMPRWG meetings organized in 2015-2016 to discuss policy issues History
2. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Focus support upon the integration of PR resources and the further development and institutionalization of innovative poverty reduction models at the sub-national level 2.1) Strengthen the capacity of PRPP pilot provinces to consolidate and integrate poverty reduction resources and target chronic poverty more effectively. To ensure success with limited resources and within a short timeframe, this should be prioritized to some potentially ?champion? provinces (such as Tra Vinh and Quang Ngai). In addition, collaboration with other PR projects in the PRPP provinces, especially NMPRP2, GNTN, IA support to P135 communes, or IFAD-supported projects is recommended to leverage on these significant resources and promote experience sharing and cooperation toward a synergy; 2.2) Institutionalize best practice models for poverty reduction in block grant development (in a more conventional meaning of block grant), commune investment ownership and participatory SEDP planning); 2.3) Consider piloting results-based funding allocation in PRPP provinces (to improve efficiency and effectiveness, accountability and transparency). This is a challenging task in the current context but would be important demonstration of result-based management for the next programming of PR policies
Management Response: [Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2015/08/17]

Agree with recommendations #2.1 and 2.2 and actions have been started as from end of 2014 to timely adjust the project interventions. For the recommendations #2.3, the nature of PRPP support is not about funding for local initiative. PRPP?s seed support to the pilot models ended by 2014. From 2015 the focus has been for the documentation and experience sharing. The result-based management principles and experiences generated from PRPP have been elaborated and discussed further in 2015 activities for reflection in the NTPSPR implementation and design of the next phase.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1. Reflect the recommended focus on capacity building for the provinces in resource integration and institutionalization of the best practices in the 2015-2016 project review and annual work planning process
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2016/12 Completed Activities have been designed and implemented in the 2015-2016 AWP History
2.2. Redirect the model building support to policy advocacy in the provinces
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2015/12 Completed 2015 planning guidelines already focused on this aspect History
3. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Further enhance the capacity of poverty reduction officers and local people (and women in particular) to increase their agency in, and sense of ownership of the poverty reduction process. 3.1) Intensify the project?s capacity building efforts with local officials and local people through clearly linking capacity building support to other ongoing activities of the project; 3.2) Intensify the project?s capacity building efforts with local officials and local people through clearly linking capacity building support to other ongoing activities of the project; 3.3) Build the sense of ownership of local people of GoVN resources and programmes (through supporting participatory planning, M&E and building on the successes of local policy forums); 3.4) Promote the participation of women in poverty reduction processes through having an explicit gendered target for each project activity that goes beyond the number of women that attend a course or meeting.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2015/08/17]

Agree with the recommendations and actions have been started as from end of 2014 to timely adjust the project interventions

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Build on the PRPP results to integrate the component of community development and start the communication and advocacy programme for the NTPs to promote community ownership and empowerment (sub-component for UNDP global initiative on ISNC ? Inclusive and Sustainable New communities)
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU with support of UNDP 2016/12 Completed The ISNC support started in May 2015 History
3.2 Consolidate the PRPP M&E framework to better monitor the gendered targets of the project activities
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2015/12 Completed Reflected in 2015 project annual report . History
4. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Concentrate effort and resources on developing more effective communication and advocacy between the project?s central level and sub-provincial levels 4.1) Support activities that strengthen the ability of provinces to advocate for policy change to the national level, (through supporting their research, documentation, dissemination and advocacy capacity of good practice, and further developing networking and experience sharing activities). This is to strengthen the link between the national and sub-national levels in fostering policy changes, which was found relatively weak in practice.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2015/08/17]

Agree with the recommendations and actions have been started as from end of 2014 to timely adjust the project interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Reflect the CB activities for provincial level and in the result-based management tools of the project
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2015/12 Completed A training on RBM was customized for PRPP in Nov 2014 and result-chains developed for each CIP/NIP in 2015 AWP process. A policy advocacy was organized in Q1 2015 History
5. Recommendation: Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5: Strengthen and improve project activities and work planning processes 5.1) Consolidate and reduce the number of activities at both central and sub-national levels and focus upon key strategic activities that are clustered, or joined up, either to other national level activities, or to sub-national ones, and which can effect a ?critical mass? for change; 5.2) Improve the provision of Technical Assistance to sub-national PMU?s in particular, who require better TA support to produce better quality outputs and processes (through for example the network of consultants, INGOs and researchers envisaged in the PD); 5.3) Ensure the end users of project TA are fully involved in identifying the output expected from the project TA during the ToR drafting process; 5.4) Strengthen the M&E system to ensure the project is operating at the requisite strategic level by deciding on a very selective list of key performance indicators for monitoring and at the same time, simplifying the current reporting requirements ? which are relatively surveillance-oriented.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2015/08/17]

Agree with the recommendations and actions have been started as from end of 2014 to timely adjust the project plans for 2015. For recommendations #5.3, this has been done as a protocol of the project implementation for ?acceptance? of activity proposal by the TA users

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Provide planning guidelines and hands-on support for the NIP and CIPs to consolidate the project activities and better monitor changes
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU with support of UNDP 2016/12 Completed 2015-2016 planning guidelines already focused on RBM principles History
5.2 Enforce the networking with the local NGOs/CSOs in project management
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2015/12 Completed Regular networking activities with local NGOs/CSOs designed//implemented History
5.3 Reflect and integrate the project M&E tools and provide more capacity building on result-based management tools to make the AWPs more strategic and focused
[Added: 2015/08/17] [Last Updated: 2016/07/11]
PMU 2015/12 Completed Result chains were established by the NIP/CIPs in their 2015 and 2016 AWPs History

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