External Evaluation for the project “Deepening linkages between formal/non-formal VET system and the labour market needs in the context of lifelong learning in Georgia”

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
03/2018
Completion Date:
12/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
4,910

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Title External Evaluation for the project “Deepening linkages between formal/non-formal VET system and the labour market needs in the context of lifelong learning in Georgia”
Atlas Project Number: 00095869
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2017
Planned End Date: 03/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. 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 $): 4,910
Source of Funding: EU
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 3,080
Joint Programme: No
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Thea Jamaspishvili Independent evaluator thea.jamaspishvili@gmail.com GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia
Countries: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

1/ Because the partners on the local level were marked by their significantly low capacity it is recommended that collaboration with them with the aim of their further capacity building remains a priority

2

The work created on the local (micro) level at the selected three Vocational Colleges should be replicated at the national level. The replication should also be done in relation to other vocations.

3

3/ Methods and approaches adopted and used by the project to build the capacity of the Vocational Colleges, developing the vocations should be replicated by the national agencies and partners (MoES)

4

4/ Similar quality approaches to developing and adopting various vocations should be applied to all other vocational education programmes the same Vocational Colleges or indeed at other colleges.

5

5/ Participatory approaches to trainings and capacity development methodologies developed and adopted during the project interventions should be adopted and replicated at the national level

1. Recommendation:

1/ Because the partners on the local level were marked by their significantly low capacity it is recommended that collaboration with them with the aim of their further capacity building remains a priority

Management Response: [Added: 2018/04/26]

1/ UNDP advocates for further support to target VET colleges’ with EU. The colleges’ can be supported through the new programmes of EU and possibly other donors. During this project UNDP provided support to the colleges only for the selected professions. The target for further support may be new professions which will be demanded by the employers. The rest of projects implemented by UNDP can not provide support  to these Colleges due to difference in the target sectors and consequently vacations.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Advocate for further development of the colleges’ capacities
[Added: 2018/05/29] [Last Updated: 2019/01/31]
ED Team Leader 2018/12 Completed Additional resources (6.1mln USD) were mobilized from SDC for vocational education project - phase 2. History
2. Recommendation:

The work created on the local (micro) level at the selected three Vocational Colleges should be replicated at the national level. The replication should also be done in relation to other vocations.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/29]

The project conducted different advocacy activities through working group established and run by Georgian Employers’ Association which included Parliament, MoLHSA, MoES and SME associations’ representatives

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conducting different advocacy activities for replicating experience of targeted 3 vocational colleges to national level
[Added: 2018/05/29]
ED Team Leader, UNDP management 2018/04 Completed
3. Recommendation:

3/ Methods and approaches adopted and used by the project to build the capacity of the Vocational Colleges, developing the vocations should be replicated by the national agencies and partners (MoES)

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/29]

The project generated experience and lessons learned can be used as a resource for replication in other locations as well.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Replication of relevant experience in other UNDP projects
[Added: 2018/05/29]
ED Team Leader 2018/04 Completed Experience will be used in ENPARD and SDC VET projects
4. Recommendation:

4/ Similar quality approaches to developing and adopting various vocations should be applied to all other vocational education programmes the same Vocational Colleges or indeed at other colleges.

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/29]

The project conducted advocacy activities and handed over to national level/vocational colleges

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Conducting advocacy on adopting similar quality/approach to vocational education courses at national level and vocational colleges.
[Added: 2018/05/29]
ED Team Leader 2018/03 Completed Implemented under VET-SDC project.
5. Recommendation:

5/ Participatory approaches to trainings and capacity development methodologies developed and adopted during the project interventions should be adopted and replicated at the national level

Management Response: [Added: 2018/05/29]

While the generated experience and lessons learned can be used as a resource for replication in other locations as well.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implementation of the participatory approach to planning of trainings in other projects
[Added: 2018/05/29]
ED Team Leader 2018/03 Completed UNDP implemented the same participatory approach (involving employers and local authorities in planning of trainings) in other projects (ENPARD 3 for example) which will work on non-farm sector related professions.

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