Final evaluation: Policy cycle project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
10/2016
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
15,000

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Title Final evaluation: Policy cycle project
Atlas Project Number: 00080574
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 10/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 2.1. Parliaments, constitution making bodies and electoral institutions enabled to perform core functions for improved accountability, participation and representation, including for peaceful transitions
  • 2. Output 2.2. Institutions and systems enabled to address awareness, prevention and enforcement of anti-corruption measures across sectors and stakeholders
  • 3. Output 3.2. Functions, financing and capacity of sub-national level institutions enabled to deliver improved basic services and respond to priorities voiced by the public
  • 4. Output 3.4. Functions, financing and capacity of rule of law institutions enabled, including to improve access to justice and redress
Evaluation Budget(US $): 15,000
Source of Funding: UNDP TRAC
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 2,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Institute for monitoring of current legislation and other national partners
Countries: UZBEKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendations for the 2nd phase: It is recommended that the project:

Support the Ministry of Justice and the inter-agency working group in testing and refining the proposed comprehensive RIA methodology and drafting the new Government resolution on enhancement of RIA.

Promote further development of the anti-corruption review of legal acts based on the new Law “On Combating Corruption”: hold a number of pilot anti-corruption reviews of active laws and draft laws to improve the methodology and skills of the Ministry officials, undertake other measures in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice to promote development of anti-corruption review of legislation into a full-fledged institution.

Respond to the growing need for external expertise and consultancy support of national public institutions officially assigned with law-drafting tasks to meet the requirements imposed by the government resolution ?345. The project should use this opportunity to further promote evidence-based policy-making and public participation.

Strengthen national capacity for evidence-based policy advice by active involving academic institutions and policy centers, participating in law-drafting and other public policy work, into the project activities. At the same time this cooperation could be regarded as a way to promote public participation in regulatory policy.

Continue support for the stocktaking of international agreements as long as the plans of the national stakeholders are clarified and their need for UNDP support has been expressly confirmed. It is especially important to clarify the plans regarding the database development before including it in the new project’s RRF.

Join the statewide revision of administrative procedures after adoption of the Law “On Administrative Procedures”. Development of new rules of procedure for public service delivery could be effectively combined with the functional review and BPR efforts envisioned in the current JWP, thus creating synergy in public service delivery reform.

Support the administrative justice reform by contributing to elaboration of the draft law “On administrative judicial proceedings” with special focus on the provisions concerning the powers of administrative court to review and repeal administrative regulations as well as to control the legality of legal interpretation applied by administrative agencies.

Support the Parliament’s efforts to improve law-making to ensure adoption of directly applicable laws and reduction of the share of sub-legislation in the regulatory policy with due account of risks which may occur in the course of implementation.

Use alternative ways to improve law-making: in addition to promoting revision of parliamentary procedures and practices the project should support official inter-agency working groups thus involving deputies in pre-legislative consultations on important draft laws. This is a good opportunity for sharing expertise and meaningful policy dialogue with MPs.

Hold consultations with the stakeholders regarding opportunities for collaboration with the Standing representative of the Government in the Parliament. If possible, the project should contribute to development of legal regulation of the status and activities of the new official.

Support the Parliament in promotion of parliamentary oversight and use emerging opportunities for synergies.

Contribute to the development of a new mechanism for effective implementation of newly adopted laws.

Prepare a policy paper on methodological issues of monitoring of SDGs implementation and negotiate inclusion of such monitoring to the parliamentary oversight schedule.

Use new favorable opportunities for promotion of public participation in the legislative process and parliamentary oversight which are going to appear due to the policy priorities defined by the President-elect for the coming year.

Support development of a new National Action Plan on Raising Legal Awareness of the Public by the Parliament and use related opportunities for raising public awareness and participation.

Contribute to the development of the Concept Note on administrative reforms for 2017-2021, announced by the President-elect. It is crucial that the regulatory reform agenda promoted by the project be properly reflected in the Concept Note.

Contribute together with UNDP Uzbekistan to the development of the Road-map for development of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021.

2

Recommendations concerning project management: 

Setting up a capable Project Board whose members would represent the key national stakeholders, share the project’s goals and implementation strategy and responsibility for the project delivery. It would be better if the Board composed of high level officials were equipped with a working group including mid-ranking officials capable of steering the project implementation on regular basis and serving as focal points for effective liaison with respective public institutions on operational matters. The Project Board should convene more often than previously for timely contemplation of troublesome issues.

Streamlining reporting and monitoring procedures and instruct the PM accordingly. Introduce comprehensive annual progress reports. Interim reports must be linked to the RRF and explain any deviations which may occur in the course of implementation. Problems in delivery must be immediately reported to the GGU and the NPC. If the problem is significant it should be submitted to the Project Board for appropriate management response. Misleading reporting of results inconsistent with the RRF without prior approval by the Project Board is a poor practice which must be eliminated.

Enhancing the GGU monitoring for the project implementation. UNDP procedures and guidelines should be followed, especially when it comes to circumstances comprising grounds for project revision.

1. Recommendation:

Recommendations for the 2nd phase: It is recommended that the project:

Support the Ministry of Justice and the inter-agency working group in testing and refining the proposed comprehensive RIA methodology and drafting the new Government resolution on enhancement of RIA.

Promote further development of the anti-corruption review of legal acts based on the new Law “On Combating Corruption”: hold a number of pilot anti-corruption reviews of active laws and draft laws to improve the methodology and skills of the Ministry officials, undertake other measures in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice to promote development of anti-corruption review of legislation into a full-fledged institution.

Respond to the growing need for external expertise and consultancy support of national public institutions officially assigned with law-drafting tasks to meet the requirements imposed by the government resolution ?345. The project should use this opportunity to further promote evidence-based policy-making and public participation.

Strengthen national capacity for evidence-based policy advice by active involving academic institutions and policy centers, participating in law-drafting and other public policy work, into the project activities. At the same time this cooperation could be regarded as a way to promote public participation in regulatory policy.

Continue support for the stocktaking of international agreements as long as the plans of the national stakeholders are clarified and their need for UNDP support has been expressly confirmed. It is especially important to clarify the plans regarding the database development before including it in the new project’s RRF.

Join the statewide revision of administrative procedures after adoption of the Law “On Administrative Procedures”. Development of new rules of procedure for public service delivery could be effectively combined with the functional review and BPR efforts envisioned in the current JWP, thus creating synergy in public service delivery reform.

Support the administrative justice reform by contributing to elaboration of the draft law “On administrative judicial proceedings” with special focus on the provisions concerning the powers of administrative court to review and repeal administrative regulations as well as to control the legality of legal interpretation applied by administrative agencies.

Support the Parliament’s efforts to improve law-making to ensure adoption of directly applicable laws and reduction of the share of sub-legislation in the regulatory policy with due account of risks which may occur in the course of implementation.

Use alternative ways to improve law-making: in addition to promoting revision of parliamentary procedures and practices the project should support official inter-agency working groups thus involving deputies in pre-legislative consultations on important draft laws. This is a good opportunity for sharing expertise and meaningful policy dialogue with MPs.

Hold consultations with the stakeholders regarding opportunities for collaboration with the Standing representative of the Government in the Parliament. If possible, the project should contribute to development of legal regulation of the status and activities of the new official.

Support the Parliament in promotion of parliamentary oversight and use emerging opportunities for synergies.

Contribute to the development of a new mechanism for effective implementation of newly adopted laws.

Prepare a policy paper on methodological issues of monitoring of SDGs implementation and negotiate inclusion of such monitoring to the parliamentary oversight schedule.

Use new favorable opportunities for promotion of public participation in the legislative process and parliamentary oversight which are going to appear due to the policy priorities defined by the President-elect for the coming year.

Support development of a new National Action Plan on Raising Legal Awareness of the Public by the Parliament and use related opportunities for raising public awareness and participation.

Contribute to the development of the Concept Note on administrative reforms for 2017-2021, announced by the President-elect. It is crucial that the regulatory reform agenda promoted by the project be properly reflected in the Concept Note.

Contribute together with UNDP Uzbekistan to the development of the Road-map for development of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

In the second phase of RIA project, the most of recommendations of the evaluation expert concerning the further support of evidence-based policy making, RIA, anti-corruption screening of legislation, public voice in decision-making and parliamentary oversight capacity support along with thorough project management and multi-stakeholder engagement will be taken into account. However, recommendations on supporting the new law on administrative procedures, administrative justice system and overall administrative reform are beyond the scope of this project. These recommendations will tackled under other relevant projects.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Sign Advance Authorization Document by UNDP to be superseded the project document or revision document to support the second phase of support to Enhancement of Lawmaking, Rule making and Regulatory Impact Assessment
[Added: 2017/01/06]
Good governance Unit 2016/12 Completed
Develop project document for the second phase of RIA project taking into account recommendations
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/23]
Good Government Unit 2017/04 Completed RIA/Phase-2 prodoc was signed by parties. All recommendations were incorporated in this prodoc. The new project was launched in May 2017. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendations concerning project management: 

Setting up a capable Project Board whose members would represent the key national stakeholders, share the project’s goals and implementation strategy and responsibility for the project delivery. It would be better if the Board composed of high level officials were equipped with a working group including mid-ranking officials capable of steering the project implementation on regular basis and serving as focal points for effective liaison with respective public institutions on operational matters. The Project Board should convene more often than previously for timely contemplation of troublesome issues.

Streamlining reporting and monitoring procedures and instruct the PM accordingly. Introduce comprehensive annual progress reports. Interim reports must be linked to the RRF and explain any deviations which may occur in the course of implementation. Problems in delivery must be immediately reported to the GGU and the NPC. If the problem is significant it should be submitted to the Project Board for appropriate management response. Misleading reporting of results inconsistent with the RRF without prior approval by the Project Board is a poor practice which must be eliminated.

Enhancing the GGU monitoring for the project implementation. UNDP procedures and guidelines should be followed, especially when it comes to circumstances comprising grounds for project revision.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/01/06]

In the second phase of RIA projec, the most of recommendations of the evaluation expert concerning the further support of evidence-based policy making, RIA, anti-corruption screening of legislation, public voice in decision-making and parliamentary oversight capacity support along with thorough project management and multi-stakeholder engagement will be taken into account. However, recommendations on supporting the new law on administrative procedures, administrative justice system and overall administrative reform are beyond the scope of this project. These recommendations will tackled under other relevant projects.  

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