OUTCOME EVALUATION OF INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH PORTFOLIO FINAL EVALUATION REPORT

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type:
Outcome
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
50,000

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Title OUTCOME EVALUATION OF INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH PORTFOLIO FINAL EVALUATION REPORT
Atlas Project Number: 96623,100165,96620,71721,82486,61072,94576,89747
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type: Outcome
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 1.1.1 Capacities developed across the whole of government to integrate the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and other international agreements in development plans and budgets, and to analyse progress towards the SDGs, using innovative and data-driven solutions
Evaluation Budget(US $): 50,000
Source of Funding: Budgets of projects under the ISG Portfolio
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 12,500
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Hakan Demirb√ľken Evaluator hakanstat@gmail.com TURKEY
Hakan Demirb√ľken Outcome Evaluation Expert hakanstat@gmail.com TURKEY
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: TURKEY
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Even though the portfolio has an annual reporting and contributes to the country programme’s monitoring system through ROAR, there is not a separate monitoring platform of ISG Portfolio. It is important and essential to develop monitoring mechanisms and systems for such large and important programmes.

2

ISG portfolio has contributed 11 Sustainable Development Goals indicators out of 17 in Turkey. Overall, there are a lot of evidences to mention that ISG portfolio contributed to the inclusive and sustainable growth in Turkey. However, ISG Portfolio does not have a separate log frame indicator. It is essential and important to create measurable indicators to monitor the ISG Portfolio achievements. 

3

It is very visible that ISG Portfolio contributed to socio-economic development of the regions where implemented. However, there is no clear calculation of economic value add of ISG Portfolio has created. Furthermore, there is no impact analysis of the entire programme has been done yet. Therefore, it is suggested that ISG Portfolio to conduct a full impact analysis and value add of the programme to the social and economic life in the regions where implemented. Furthermore, UNDP may consider to develop and implement a social cohesion index to monitor   impact of ISG Portfolio where implemented

4

ISG Portfolio conducts several activities and communication tools. Yet it is highly suggested ISGP to provide more information through info graphics or visual materials on ISG portfolio outcomes through UNDP Turkey web page and also develop communication and awareness tools and platforms. 

5

Overall, it is safe to mention that ISG portfolio has high evaluation score for each of the Evaluation Criteria (UN and OECD DAC); Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. However, there is a very high potential for extension and expansion of ISG portfolio in Turkey. In order to keep the current momentum especially built up in Eastern and South Eastern part of Turkey, it is highly suggested UNDP Turkey to continue and expand the ISG portfolio beyond 2020 as well.

6

It is important to create further synergy between ISG and other portfolio of UNDP, especially with “Climate Change and Environment” and “Syria Crises Response and Resilience “. These three programmes has several common areas and can develop joint projects. By this way, UNDP can increase the efficiency of the resources. 

7

It is very important that UNDP Turkey could manage to bring external funding sources, given that Turkish economy may go through a difficult period in 2019 and 2020

1. Recommendation:

Even though the portfolio has an annual reporting and contributes to the country programme’s monitoring system through ROAR, there is not a separate monitoring platform of ISG Portfolio. It is important and essential to develop monitoring mechanisms and systems for such large and important programmes.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30]

This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue.

For the next CPD Period the recommended action will be suggested to be included.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-The suggestion will be shared with the management. -After the discussion a decision will be made. -It will be recommended to the Senior Management in the preparation phase of next CPD.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP 2019/12 Not Initiated If by the senior management decided to create separate monitoring platform for the ISG Portfolio, a module will be designed in cooperation with the UNDP Turkey M&E Advisor.
2. Recommendation:

ISG portfolio has contributed 11 Sustainable Development Goals indicators out of 17 in Turkey. Overall, there are a lot of evidences to mention that ISG portfolio contributed to the inclusive and sustainable growth in Turkey. However, ISG Portfolio does not have a separate log frame indicator. It is essential and important to create measurable indicators to monitor the ISG Portfolio achievements. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30]

This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue. For the next CPD Period the recommended action will be suggested to be included

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-The suggestion will be shared with the management. -After the discussion a decision will be made. -It will be recommended to the Senior Management in the preparation phase of next CPD.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP 2019/12 Not Initiated If by the senior management decided to create separate log frame for the ISG Portfolio, Portfolio Managers will conduct the required actions accordingly.
3. Recommendation:

It is very visible that ISG Portfolio contributed to socio-economic development of the regions where implemented. However, there is no clear calculation of economic value add of ISG Portfolio has created. Furthermore, there is no impact analysis of the entire programme has been done yet. Therefore, it is suggested that ISG Portfolio to conduct a full impact analysis and value add of the programme to the social and economic life in the regions where implemented. Furthermore, UNDP may consider to develop and implement a social cohesion index to monitor   impact of ISG Portfolio where implemented

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30]

In the projects under the ISG Portfolio baseline analysis and monitoring and evaluation process conducted. And also annually audit is implemented for the projects. However a budget for impact assessment is not stated in the projects. This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue. For the next CPD Period the recommended action will be suggested to be included.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-The suggestion will be shared with the management. -After the discussion a decision will be made. -It will be recommended to the Senior Management in the preparation phase of next CPD.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP 2019/12 Not Initiated If by the senior management decided to allocate budget for the impact assessment of the ISG Portfolio, Portfolio Managers will conduct the required actions accordingly.
4. Recommendation:

ISG Portfolio conducts several activities and communication tools. Yet it is highly suggested ISGP to provide more information through info graphics or visual materials on ISG portfolio outcomes through UNDP Turkey web page and also develop communication and awareness tools and platforms. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30] [Last Updated: 2019/01/30]

This process has already been initiated through meetings with the portfolio managers. The ISG portfolio communication advisor will prepare a strategy accordingly.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-A strategy plan will be developed. -Accordingly and activity plan will be prepared and implemented. - Other tools and platforms will be developed according to the strategy.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP ISGP 2019/12 Initiated The project communication plans are prepared for all projects annually. The strategy and plan for the portfolio is being prepared.
5. Recommendation:

Overall, it is safe to mention that ISG portfolio has high evaluation score for each of the Evaluation Criteria (UN and OECD DAC); Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. However, there is a very high potential for extension and expansion of ISG portfolio in Turkey. In order to keep the current momentum especially built up in Eastern and South Eastern part of Turkey, it is highly suggested UNDP Turkey to continue and expand the ISG portfolio beyond 2020 as well.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30]

This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue. The recommendation will be suggested to reflect the CPD evaluation. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-The suggestion will be shared with the management. -After the discussion a decision will be made.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP 2019/12 Initiated The portfolio is already developing different project proposal with stakeholders and also there are on- going projects under the ISGP.
6. Recommendation:

It is important to create further synergy between ISG and other portfolio of UNDP, especially with “Climate Change and Environment” and “Syria Crises Response and Resilience “. These three programmes has several common areas and can develop joint projects. By this way, UNDP can increase the efficiency of the resources. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30]

This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The suggestion will be shared with the management. -After the discussion a decision will be made.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP and other portfolios. 2019/12 Initiated A project (LAR III) is already being implemented by ISG and DG Portfolios. If there is an opportunity common projects could be developed.
7. Recommendation:

It is very important that UNDP Turkey could manage to bring external funding sources, given that Turkish economy may go through a difficult period in 2019 and 2020

Management Response: [Added: 2019/01/30] [Last Updated: 2019/01/30]

This recommendation refers to the corporate management system. The suggested activity will be discussed with the senior management and a decision will be made on the issue. ISG Team with the Senior Management already working for fund raising. This efforts and the process closely will be followed by the team. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
-The suggestion will be shared with the management.
[Added: 2019/01/30]
UNDP Senior Management and ISGP and other portfolios. 2019/12 Initiated Some of the projects under the ISG Portfolio are already being implemented through external funding. However, there is not any guarantee to complete the future projects by external funds.

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