Evaluation of Community Alerts Project (CAP)

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Evaluation Plan:
2012-2016, Barbados
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2014
Completion Date:
01/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
4,900

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Title Evaluation of Community Alerts Project (CAP)
Atlas Project Number: 00086915
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2016, Barbados
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2015
Planned End Date: 12/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 5.2. Effective institutional, legislative and policy frameworks in place to enhance the implementation of disaster and climate risk management measures at national and sub-national levels
Evaluation Budget(US $): 4,900
Source of Funding: Donor
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Luis Rolando Duran Mr duran.rolando@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: National Red Cross Society, National Disaster Offices, CDEMA & CTIC
Countries: BARBADOS
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 With the aim of ensuring the fulfilment of the project?s objective it will be necessary to accompany the national institutions in the implementation of key processes such as community training and exercises.
2 CDEMA and UNDP support, and advocacy between national authorities is strongly recommended, in order to ensure the integration of the CAP approach and the project results into public policy
3 Promote the articulation of the scientific and technical process of data acquisition, hazard modelling and forecasting with local resilience building actions. Scientific information should be interpreted and translated into practical formats for the population and institutions communication and information needs
4 Promote the enhancement of hazard information product for providing disaster and risk scenarios, with more practical applications in terms of planning, preparedness and response
1. Recommendation: With the aim of ensuring the fulfilment of the project?s objective it will be necessary to accompany the national institutions in the implementation of key processes such as community training and exercises.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/12]

This was undertaken under this initiative but admittedly not to the extent possible. This recommendation was incorporated used in the development of the new DIPECHO initiative 2015 - 2016

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Community Trainings
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP/NationalDisaster Office/CDEMA/Red Cross 2017/01 Completed Training in disaster awareness (specifically early warning systems) was undertaken in 6 communities in SVG, SLU, BRB and DOM through the "Strengthening resilience and coping capacities in the Caribbean through integrated early warning systems" project during 2016 History
Simulation Exercises
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP/NationalDisaster Office/CDEMA/Red Cross/ Community Disaster Committees 2017/01 Completed One desktop simulation for disaster response was undertaken in SVG during 2016; personnel availability and logistical challenges prevented wider implementation of this activity. History
2. Recommendation: CDEMA and UNDP support, and advocacy between national authorities is strongly recommended, in order to ensure the integration of the CAP approach and the project results into public policy
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/12]

This recommendation is agreed too and UNDP stands ready to support in whatever capacity it can. UNDP is currently undertaking a new DIPECHO initiative with some of the planned national meetings being used to further promote the CAP approach and to continue the discussion in terms of incorporation into policy

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Regional Meeting with National Disaster Personnel and National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions in the countries to get a fully understanding of the system
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP 2016/12 Completed Joint meeting held between IIFRC the Red Cross, UNDP, CDEMA, UNISDR and Government of Barbados in 2016 to discuss the status of regional national disaster systems. Lessons learned from Anguilla and BVI were shared on the use of the CAP approach. Coming out of the meeting, several recommendations were proposed, including technical capacity building for CAP-based early warning systems and greater public awareness and education. History
National level meetings on the CAP approach
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
National Disaster Offices 2016/06 Completed National-level meetings were held in DOM, SVG, SLU, BRB between UNDP, NDOs, National Red Cross societies, CIMH, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commissions and met offices to further articulate how the CAP systems work, share lessons learned and identify opportunities for application of global best practices for CAP-based early warning systems in the region. History
3. Recommendation: Promote the articulation of the scientific and technical process of data acquisition, hazard modelling and forecasting with local resilience building actions. Scientific information should be interpreted and translated into practical formats for the population and institutions communication and information needs
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/12]

This recommendation is noted and was incorporated into the new DIPECHO initiative through the incorporation of a hazard monitoring component through an agreement with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Procurement and installation of hazard monitoring equipment in countries that is linked directly to the CAP server
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
CIMH, UNDP 2019/12 Overdue-Initiated Procurement and installation of hazard monitoring equipment was completed in all four countries (BRB, SLU, SVG, DOM). Linking to the CAP server has been completed in BRB and SLU. The linking process in SVG and DOM is proving to be a challenge due to both systems compatibility issues as well as local capacity to manage the process. Resources for capacity building efforts in DOM and SVG will catalyse the process over the coming year. History
Community meetings on hazard preparedness including on the hazard monitoring equipment will benefit the community
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP/National Disaster Office/Red Cross 2017/01 Completed Community meetings on hazard preparedness completed in all countries (BRB, DOM, SLU, SVG). History
4. Recommendation: Promote the enhancement of hazard information product for providing disaster and risk scenarios, with more practical applications in terms of planning, preparedness and response
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/12]

This recommendation has been incorporated into our current DIPECHO initiative 2015-2016. More emphasis has been placed on community engagement in terms of interpretation of hazard information and the necessary response actions both at community and national level. At least 4 simulation exercises are planned under the current initiative as a form of practical application of the tools

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Simulation exercises
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP/National Disaster Office/CDEMA/Red Cross 2019/12 Overdue-Initiated Desktop simulation completed in BRB during 2016; national and local-level simulations currently planned for mid-2019. History
Continued community engagement
[Added: 2015/11/12] [Last Updated: 2018/09/25]
UNDP/National Disaster Office/Red Cross 2019/12 Overdue-Initiated History

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