Terminal evaluation for the Support to Modernization, Accelerated Reform and Transformation (SMART) project

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
09/2016
Completion Date:
12/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
5,000

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Title Terminal evaluation for the Support to Modernization, Accelerated Reform and Transformation (SMART) project
Atlas Project Number: 00068986
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Uzbekistan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2016
Planned End Date: 09/2016
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 $): 5,000
Source of Funding: TRAC
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Farhod Sagatov Independent Consultant
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: UZBEKISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

It is recommended that the project continues beyond its current phase with similar scope, but some changes in focus. Agenda 2030 and the SDGs provide an opportunity for strengthened engagement with knowledge institutions such as CER. The relevance and synergies with UNDP country programme should be well defined both at strategic and operational levels. The next stage of cooperation should build on the achievement of the SMART project – consolidation of the unique position of the Centre as a source of tailor-made policy advise and a platform for collaboration and consensus building.

1. Recommendation:

It is recommended that the project continues beyond its current phase with similar scope, but some changes in focus. Agenda 2030 and the SDGs provide an opportunity for strengthened engagement with knowledge institutions such as CER. The relevance and synergies with UNDP country programme should be well defined both at strategic and operational levels. The next stage of cooperation should build on the achievement of the SMART project – consolidation of the unique position of the Centre as a source of tailor-made policy advise and a platform for collaboration and consensus building.

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

UNDP has already started developing a new project document on cooperation with CER, whose main focus will be collaborating with CER to support and facilitate the national SDG process, as well as joint studies and research on pressing development issues (ie, poverty and inequality measurement, measuring green economy and green jobs, labour market study, etc.). National partners (CER and the Office of the President) have expressed willingness (so far only verbally, at a meeting) to commit cost-sharing from the state budget for the joint project with UNDP, at a level similar to the previous cost-sharing under the SMART project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a new project document on cooperation with CER
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/22]
Sustainable Development Cluster 2017/04 Completed A new full-fledged project on cooperation with CER, as well as other national think tanks, has been developed, discussed and approved by the national counterparts and UNDP. Project document is pending counter-signing by the parties. Prodoc will be uploaded soon following the signing by the national counterpart History
Sign cost sharing agreement with the national partners
[Added: 2017/01/06] [Last Updated: 2017/06/22]
Sustainable Development Cluster 2017/04 No Longer Applicable [Justification: As part of the consultations on the launch of the new project, the government has informed that it currently is not in a position to commit itself to cost-sharing for the project. However, national counterparts have informed that they will be considering to provide cost-sharing for the project starting 2018.]
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