Final Evaluation Report for the Municipal Training System Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
11/2015
Completion Date:
09/2015
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,804

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Title Final Evaluation Report for the Municipal Training System Project
Atlas Project Number: 00093067
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Bosnia and Hercegovina
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 09/2015
Planned End Date: 11/2015
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.2 Marginalised groups, particularly the poor, women, people with disabilities and displaced are empowered to gain universal access to basic services and financial and non-financial assets to build productive capacities and benefit from sustainable livelihoods and jobs
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,804
Source of Funding: Project budget/donor resources
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 15,804
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Paul J.M. van Hoof Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry for Administration and Local Self-Government of Republika Srpska, Ministry of Justice of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Civil Service Agencies, Associations of Municipalities and Cities
Countries: BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1 1. The Municipal Training System Project meets with Sida to agree on an exit strategy and have that endorsed by the Project Board.
2 2. The Municipal Training System Project should reformulate the Training Impact Assessment mechanism in such a way that it meets the needs of the partners (practical and not too costly to implement).
3 3. UNDP CO should consider some form of hands-off technical support to the implementing partners after the closure of the project to: (i) Assist the Associations of Municipalities and Cities with the further capacity development of their training units; (ii) further improve the capacities of the Training Coordination Body and Training Commission to guarantee quality assurance of the training provided and improve their networking and leadership capacities; (iii) monitor as an external agent the implementation of the co-financing models and propose adjustments to these models if necessary.
4 4. Develop outcome success criteria (based on the three sustainability dimensions) and a detailed phasing out strategy.
1. Recommendation: 1. The Municipal Training System Project meets with Sida to agree on an exit strategy and have that endorsed by the Project Board.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/19]

1. The recommendation is valid and has already been considered for implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1. An exit strategy has been submitted to Sida and it takes into account the key recommendations of the final project evaluation. If approved by Sida, it will be presented to the Project Board for their comments and reflections.
[Added: 2015/11/19] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Project team, Rural and Regional Development Sector 2015/12 No Longer Applicable As recommended, an exit strategy was submitted to Sida. However, it was not approved due to reduction of overall Sida budget for BiH. History
2. Recommendation: 2. The Municipal Training System Project should reformulate the Training Impact Assessment mechanism in such a way that it meets the needs of the partners (practical and not too costly to implement).
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/19]

2. The recommendation is valid and accepted. It will be implemented if the exit strategy is approved.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2. Adjustment of the existing Return of Investment Methodology and support to its piloting have been proposed within the exit strategy submitted to Sida.
[Added: 2015/11/19] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Project team 2016/06 No Longer Applicable Despite the fact that action was proposed to donor as recommended, it was not implemented as the follow up project was not approved (elaborated under Q1) History
3. Recommendation: 3. UNDP CO should consider some form of hands-off technical support to the implementing partners after the closure of the project to: (i) Assist the Associations of Municipalities and Cities with the further capacity development of their training units; (ii) further improve the capacities of the Training Coordination Body and Training Commission to guarantee quality assurance of the training provided and improve their networking and leadership capacities; (iii) monitor as an external agent the implementation of the co-financing models and propose adjustments to these models if necessary.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/19]

3. The recommendation is valid and accepted. It will be implemented if the exit strategy is approved. In addition to actions foreseen within the exit strategy a number of other activities will be taken within the UNDP CO.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Specific recommendations were captured within the aforementioned exit strategy. For longer-term sound functioning of the training units and contribution to implementation of the training strategies, specific assistance will be sought by the upcoming intervention by the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland, aiming at supporting capacity development of both Associations of Municipalities and Cities. In addition, the Local Governance Programme will promote the training system and seek limited support of other UNDP projects to the training system and its institutional structures. The existing Local Governance/Local Development Donor Coordination Group will be used to encourage donors and international organizations to use the training system as much as possible.
[Added: 2015/11/19] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Project team, Rural and Regional Development Sector 2016/12 Completed Although, the follow up project was not approved, the recommendation was communicated to the embassies of Sweden and Switzerland. Furthermore, some assistance to the training system structures, has been incorporated into new phase of the Integrated Local Development Project. History
4. Recommendation: 4. Develop outcome success criteria (based on the three sustainability dimensions) and a detailed phasing out strategy.
Management Response: [Added: 2015/11/19]

4. The recommendation is accepted and will be implemented if the exit strategy is approved.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
If a phasing out (exit strategy) is approved by Sida, outcome success indicators will be defined prior to launch of exit strategy.
[Added: 2015/11/19] [Last Updated: 2016/12/19]
Project team, Rural and Regional Development Sector 2015/12 No Longer Applicable Despite the fact that action was proposed to donor as recommended, it was not implemented as the follow up project was not approved (elaborated under Q1). History

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