Improving the welfare and quality of life in the Kyzylorda region through innovative approaches to delivering economic, social and environmental services to the local population, including those most vulnerable

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Kazakhstan
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2017
Completion Date:
11/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title Improving the welfare and quality of life in the Kyzylorda region through innovative approaches to delivering economic, social and environmental services to the local population, including those most vulnerable
Atlas Project Number: 00082793
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Kazakhstan
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 11/2017
Planned End Date: 12/2017
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 $): 35,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 28,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
  • Joint with UNICEF,UNFPA,UNWOMEN,WHO,UNESCO
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of National Economy
Countries: KAZAKHSTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

JP is not fully perceived by single local actors, including local staff of the UN Agencies, as a complex and comprehensive effort for the socio-economic development of the region. Many local actors have a narrower vision, and this prevents stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries to understand clearly the relevance of their involvement, and the overall potential benefits that they can get from the Programme. A significant action of awareness-raising and communication should accompany and support the single actions. This should not simply promote participation and ownership, but should inform on the results obtained and on the contribution that the UN Agencies are making to the achievement to the overall development objectives of the region and the country.

2

Where the sustainability of the initiatives is bound to depend on the willingness of local institutions to take care of them, this should perhaps be explicitly addressed since the beginningof the programme.

3

In those cases where the demonstrative and experimental nature of the activity is particularly relevant, specific self-evaluation approaches could be adopted, in order to assess the result of the experimental approach; this may reinforce the demonstration effect obtained by the activities, and help to assess the opportunity of bringing them in the mainstream interventions of the local authorities.

4

Where the success of the initiatives is strongly related to the motivation and stamina of the public administration employees / civil servants in charge of the action, specific support to building skills, capabilities and attitudes of these crucial people should accompany the activities more systematically, with the explicit aim to allow a group of “agents of local development” to emerge within the staff of the public administration bodies. Stronger networking between these operators could also be encouraged, and should be based on a deeper awareness of the entire Programme

5

More coherent monitoring procedures and systems would increase the overall effectiveness of the JP, in particular where significant results can be achieved through the combined actions of more than one actor. Better monitoring would also make the JP more easily understood and managed, and possibly could facilitate communication of objectives and results. Considering that diverse monitoring approaches are motivated by organizational differences between the different Agencies, it may be preferable to adopt a simple, but shared, system and approach, specific for the Programme.

6

Higher degree of coordination among the UN Agencies would be beneficial to the Programme. Considering that the stronger elements of coordination identified in the field were mainly related to the common management of specific activities (and thus coordination could be defined more activity-based than programme-based), building stronger coordination around common – or similar – higher level objectives and outputs might be the preferable choice.

1. Recommendation:

JP is not fully perceived by single local actors, including local staff of the UN Agencies, as a complex and comprehensive effort for the socio-economic development of the region. Many local actors have a narrower vision, and this prevents stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries to understand clearly the relevance of their involvement, and the overall potential benefits that they can get from the Programme. A significant action of awareness-raising and communication should accompany and support the single actions. This should not simply promote participation and ownership, but should inform on the results obtained and on the contribution that the UN Agencies are making to the achievement to the overall development objectives of the region and the country.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation is accepted. UNDP will work with UN agencies towards the enhancement of awareness raising on the joint results achieved within the framework of JP, and how the results are aligned with the government program of the regional development, specifically, for the local actors.UNDP and other participating agencies arrange the annual programme boards’ meetings an periodic review of JP progress at UNCT in order to joint the efforts of all participating UN agencies as well as the local governments to contribute to overall JP objective implememnetation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To consider at UNCT the development of the joint vision for JPs communication strategy to shape up raising awareness and results delivering to the local actors and beneficiaries to reflect on the alignment and relevance to the state regional development strategy.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
CO programme staff for UNDP, UN agencies 2017/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Where the sustainability of the initiatives is bound to depend on the willingness of local institutions to take care of them, this should perhaps be explicitly addressed since the beginningof the programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of the joint programme. the sustainability criteria will be more clearly outlined.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of the future joint programme. the sustainability criteria will be more clearly outlined.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
UNDP and UN agencies participating in JPs 2017/12 Completed
3. Recommendation:

In those cases where the demonstrative and experimental nature of the activity is particularly relevant, specific self-evaluation approaches could be adopted, in order to assess the result of the experimental approach; this may reinforce the demonstration effect obtained by the activities, and help to assess the opportunity of bringing them in the mainstream interventions of the local authorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of the joint programme. In cases the demonstrative and experimental nature of the activity is particularly relevant, specific self-evaluation approaches will be adopted to assess the opportunity of bringing them in the mainstream interventions of the local authorities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of the joint programme. In cases the demonstrative and experimental nature of the activity is particularly relevant, specific self-evaluation approaches will be adopted to assess the opportunity of bringing them in the mainstream interventions of the local authorities.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
UNDP with other UN agencies participating in JPs 2017/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

Where the success of the initiatives is strongly related to the motivation and stamina of the public administration employees / civil servants in charge of the action, specific support to building skills, capabilities and attitudes of these crucial people should accompany the activities more systematically, with the explicit aim to allow a group of “agents of local development” to emerge within the staff of the public administration bodies. Stronger networking between these operators could also be encouraged, and should be based on a deeper awareness of the entire Programme

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of new joint programmes. UN agencies will work to set up and sustain strong networking among UN agencies, local actors and operators to enhance the building skills and capabilities of the specific local groups in charge of the action to motivate such groups to act and strongly support UN agencies towards the achievement of JP priority objectives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The recommendation will be considered while elaboration of new joint programmes. UN agencies will work to set up and sustain strong networking among UN agencies, local actors and operators to enhance the building skills and capabilities of the specific local groups in charge of the action to motivate such groups to act and strongly support UN agencies towards the achievement of JP priority objectives.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
UNDP and other UN agencies participating in JPs 2017/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

More coherent monitoring procedures and systems would increase the overall effectiveness of the JP, in particular where significant results can be achieved through the combined actions of more than one actor. Better monitoring would also make the JP more easily understood and managed, and possibly could facilitate communication of objectives and results. Considering that diverse monitoring approaches are motivated by organizational differences between the different Agencies, it may be preferable to adopt a simple, but shared, system and approach, specific for the Programme.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation is accepted. The elaboration of the joint monitoring framework will be considered as a key element of new joint programmes to enhance the tracking of JP progress towards the objectives’ achievement and raising awareness of JP results among UN agencies partifipaing in JPs and local actors and beneficiaries.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To consider the improvement and enhancement of JP monitoring framework.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
UNDP and other UN agencies participating in JPs 2017/12 Completed
6. Recommendation:

Higher degree of coordination among the UN Agencies would be beneficial to the Programme. Considering that the stronger elements of coordination identified in the field were mainly related to the common management of specific activities (and thus coordination could be defined more activity-based than programme-based), building stronger coordination around common – or similar – higher level objectives and outputs might be the preferable choice.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/11] [Last Updated: 2017/12/25]

The recommendation will be considered while development of new joint programmes.UNCT will work towards the strengthening of the coordination among participating UN agencies in joint programmes.

 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6. The recommendation will be considered while development of new joint programmes. UNCT will work towards the strengthening of the coordination among participating UN agencies in joint programmes.
[Added: 2017/12/25]
UNDP with other UN agencies participating in joint programmes 2017/12 Completed

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