Implementation of the National Traffic Strategy

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Evaluation Plan:
2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Implementation of the National Traffic Strategy
Atlas Project Number: 00058316
Evaluation Plan: 2015-2019, Kuwait
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.2. Options enabled and facilitated for inclusive and sustainable social protection
SDG Goal
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG Target
  • 11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
  • 3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: Project fund
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 17,320
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Elinor Bajraktari Independent Evaluator elinorbajraktari@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Interior – General Directorate of Traffic, GSSCPD
Countries: KUWAIT
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Recommendation 1:  KRADMS License

The KRADMS license issue requires quick action.

  • In light of the expiry of the KRADMS license and the shifting of responsibilities for the investigation of road accidents from the General Department of Traffic to the General Department of Investigations, MoI should conduct an analysis of the licensing needs and requirements, the available options and the costs and benefits associated with each of them. The project team has already been exploring several options, including the leasing or outright purchase of licenses. On the basis of that analysis, MoI should make a clear decision on whether to obtain the licenses, how many it will need and the most appropriate way of acquiring them.
2

Recommendation 2:  Project Extension

The issue of project extension also requires an urgent decision.

  • Project Board should convene as soon as possible and make a quick decision on the extension of the project. The information provided in this evaluation report will help the board to have a discussion grounded in evidence and make a well-informed decision. The conclusion that this report makes on the issue of the extension based on the evidence reviewed for this report is that the project should be given a no-cost extension to complete outstanding activities and strengthen sustainability.
3

Recommendation 3:  Reassess and Determine Project Course

If the project is extended, the following actions are recommended:

  • Project Team should undertake the following activities:
    1. Revise the activity plan for the remainder of the project (including the extension period) and submit to the Project Board for approval a detailed Work Plan and an associated Budget.
    2. Develop a specific plan complete with timelines and activities for how the outstanding contracts will be managed and successfully brought to conclusion.
    3. Develop a specific plan for the completion of the training activities.
    4. Develop a specific plan for maintenance arrangements covering the period until the end of the project and an additional interval afterwards that ensures a sustainable management of the systems.
    5. Formulate a Handover Strategy for the board’s approval, complete with the identification of entities that will take over the systems, procedures for the transfer, requirements for managing the systems, the documentation that will be transferred, etc.
    6. Produce a strategic note on Governance Arrangements required to operate and scale up the systems after the completion of the handover. This note will identify roles and responsibilities for each system, steps that need to be followed to keep the systems running efficiently, etc.
    7. Develop a short strategic note on Behavioral Change required in increasing acceptability of the systems among users. This note should highlight awareness raising measures that need to be taken in the short to medium run.

 

  • Project Board should speedily review and approve all the instruments listed above.
  • UNDP should provide the Project Team with all the necessary support and resources to carry out these tasks in such a short period of time.
  • MOI’s IT Department should facilitate the infrastructure integration process wherever it is required in these last stages of the project.
4

Recommendation 4:  Key Aspects of Project Design and Implementation

In similar interventions in the future, UNDP in particular, but also MoI and GSSCPD, might benefit from considering the key elements identified in this evaluation (Lessons Learned – Lesson 3) 

Lesson 1: Preparation and Planning

One important lesson that can be drawn from the experience of this project is the need for good planning and preparation well ahead the beginning of a project of these proportions. This report has advocated the preparation of a clear plan which contains an identification of potential pitfalls and risks, a Road Map for the implementation process, a Feasibility Study for the assessment of the human and financial requirements, and a number of other instruments that could be deployed right at the outset of the intervention. The evaluation report also calls for a project design that allows sufficient time for an iterative process in figuring out solutions to various problems that the project encounters.

Lesson 2: Need for Flexibility

Another important lesson that can be drawn from this project is the importance of flexibility in project design and implementation. Perhaps the most positive aspect of this project has been the 2016 restructuring which unblocked the impasse and set the project on the right path. Projects of this kind should be flexible enough to allow stakeholders to make necessary adjustments in line with evolving needs and a better understanding of the process.

Lesson 3: Key Project Elements

This evaluation also provides us with a lesson on how stakeholders should approach projects of this nature by paying great attention to a number of key project aspects shown in Figure.

 

Taking into consideration these elements well in advance of the intervention will enable the partners to identify potential risks before they materialize and mitigate their effects.

 

1. Recommendation:

Recommendation 1:  KRADMS License

The KRADMS license issue requires quick action.

  • In light of the expiry of the KRADMS license and the shifting of responsibilities for the investigation of road accidents from the General Department of Traffic to the General Department of Investigations, MoI should conduct an analysis of the licensing needs and requirements, the available options and the costs and benefits associated with each of them. The project team has already been exploring several options, including the leasing or outright purchase of licenses. On the basis of that analysis, MoI should make a clear decision on whether to obtain the licenses, how many it will need and the most appropriate way of acquiring them.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/30]

The CO agree and are in discussions with MOI to make a decisions on the licenses.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Meet with Representatives from the company to negotiate prices of the licenses.
[Added: 2019/02/10] [Last Updated: 2019/06/20]
Project and Programme team 2019/03 Completed the project and programme team met with representatives from the company and have decided not to renew the licenses History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendation 2:  Project Extension

The issue of project extension also requires an urgent decision.

  • Project Board should convene as soon as possible and make a quick decision on the extension of the project. The information provided in this evaluation report will help the board to have a discussion grounded in evidence and make a well-informed decision. The conclusion that this report makes on the issue of the extension based on the evidence reviewed for this report is that the project should be given a no-cost extension to complete outstanding activities and strengthen sustainability.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/30]

The project was extended at no cost until September 2019

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Extend Project Officially until September 2019
[Added: 2019/02/10]
Programme 2019/01 Completed
3. Recommendation:

Recommendation 3:  Reassess and Determine Project Course

If the project is extended, the following actions are recommended:

  • Project Team should undertake the following activities:
    1. Revise the activity plan for the remainder of the project (including the extension period) and submit to the Project Board for approval a detailed Work Plan and an associated Budget.
    2. Develop a specific plan complete with timelines and activities for how the outstanding contracts will be managed and successfully brought to conclusion.
    3. Develop a specific plan for the completion of the training activities.
    4. Develop a specific plan for maintenance arrangements covering the period until the end of the project and an additional interval afterwards that ensures a sustainable management of the systems.
    5. Formulate a Handover Strategy for the board’s approval, complete with the identification of entities that will take over the systems, procedures for the transfer, requirements for managing the systems, the documentation that will be transferred, etc.
    6. Produce a strategic note on Governance Arrangements required to operate and scale up the systems after the completion of the handover. This note will identify roles and responsibilities for each system, steps that need to be followed to keep the systems running efficiently, etc.
    7. Develop a short strategic note on Behavioral Change required in increasing acceptability of the systems among users. This note should highlight awareness raising measures that need to be taken in the short to medium run.

 

  • Project Board should speedily review and approve all the instruments listed above.
  • UNDP should provide the Project Team with all the necessary support and resources to carry out these tasks in such a short period of time.
  • MOI’s IT Department should facilitate the infrastructure integration process wherever it is required in these last stages of the project.
Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/30]

The country office agrees with the recommendations and will try to address most of the points that are doable from now until September. All recommendations will be streamlined and taken into account for future projects.

Key Actions:

4. Recommendation:

Recommendation 4:  Key Aspects of Project Design and Implementation

In similar interventions in the future, UNDP in particular, but also MoI and GSSCPD, might benefit from considering the key elements identified in this evaluation (Lessons Learned – Lesson 3) 

Lesson 1: Preparation and Planning

One important lesson that can be drawn from the experience of this project is the need for good planning and preparation well ahead the beginning of a project of these proportions. This report has advocated the preparation of a clear plan which contains an identification of potential pitfalls and risks, a Road Map for the implementation process, a Feasibility Study for the assessment of the human and financial requirements, and a number of other instruments that could be deployed right at the outset of the intervention. The evaluation report also calls for a project design that allows sufficient time for an iterative process in figuring out solutions to various problems that the project encounters.

Lesson 2: Need for Flexibility

Another important lesson that can be drawn from this project is the importance of flexibility in project design and implementation. Perhaps the most positive aspect of this project has been the 2016 restructuring which unblocked the impasse and set the project on the right path. Projects of this kind should be flexible enough to allow stakeholders to make necessary adjustments in line with evolving needs and a better understanding of the process.

Lesson 3: Key Project Elements

This evaluation also provides us with a lesson on how stakeholders should approach projects of this nature by paying great attention to a number of key project aspects shown in Figure.

 

Taking into consideration these elements well in advance of the intervention will enable the partners to identify potential risks before they materialize and mitigate their effects.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2018/12/30]

The country office will take into considerations all the lessons learned and will develop future projects while keeping them into consideration. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure all Lessons learnt are taken taken into consideration during the development of projects and new programme
[Added: 2019/02/11]
Programme 2020/12 Not Initiated

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