Improving Living Conditions in Palestinian Gatherings Host Communities

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type:
Project
Planned End Date:
01/2017
Completion Date:
07/2017
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title Improving Living Conditions in Palestinian Gatherings Host Communities
Atlas Project Number: 00061067
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Lebanon
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2017
Planned End Date: 01/2017
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 6.4. Recovery processes reinforce social cohesion and trust and enable rapid return to sustainable development
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding: Project
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 13,500
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cosette Maiky
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Improving Living Conditions in Palestinian Gatherings Host Communities
Countries: LEBANON
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Results measurement and accountability. While the PT members’ archived reports of implementation measurement (input/output) have been fully compliant with designed budgets, work plans and schedules, new technologies could be introduced to involve staff on results measurement at the intermediate outcome and long-term impact level. While noting the ambiguity of requirements for such measurements, and the available resources, it is recommended to build on earlier interventions and adopt a selection of impact indicators which can be assessed within the scope of similar projects, i.e. use of tools such as social media, questionnaires or e-survey links to assess the improvement of living conditions/quality of life (before and after intervention), the way individuals and/or local communities perceived a selected level of action, etc. Not to forget that results shall be project-bounded, and limited to the scale of measurement, and the quality of used research methods

2

Consolidation of a common understanding of how such projects would contribute to crisis prevention and peacebuilding. After conducting robust and participatory conflict analysis, successor similar projects could be built on clearly defined theories of change, where areas of intervention are defined as entry points to deliver conflict prevention and peacebuilding results, either through sector guidance, institutional capacity building or direct service delivery, in a manner consistent with UNDP’s mandate. This would considerably bridge transition gaps in ways that are relevant for peacebuilding (between rapid delivery of important basic services and longer-term sector reform and/or institution-building efforts).

3

Coherence of comprehensive intervention strategies between UNDP and relevant stakeholders. It is recommended that UNDP keep on the level of coordination, communication, and partnership with various sectoral working groups, so as to develop clear strategies to bridge between emergency, recovery, rehabilitation and long term relief.

4

Dissemination of success stories. UNDP should build on its existing communication capacities to broaden dissemination of success stories and information sharing.

Vulnerability Assessment. UNDP could strengthen its equity-based approach early in the design phases by considering the assessment of vulnerabilities at the scale of all Palestinian Gatherings, thus ensuring coverage to the most vulnerable.

1. Recommendation:

Results measurement and accountability. While the PT members’ archived reports of implementation measurement (input/output) have been fully compliant with designed budgets, work plans and schedules, new technologies could be introduced to involve staff on results measurement at the intermediate outcome and long-term impact level. While noting the ambiguity of requirements for such measurements, and the available resources, it is recommended to build on earlier interventions and adopt a selection of impact indicators which can be assessed within the scope of similar projects, i.e. use of tools such as social media, questionnaires or e-survey links to assess the improvement of living conditions/quality of life (before and after intervention), the way individuals and/or local communities perceived a selected level of action, etc. Not to forget that results shall be project-bounded, and limited to the scale of measurement, and the quality of used research methods

Management Response: [Added: 2017/05/02]

With the aim of improving the measurement or results and mainstreaming accountability, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (international JPO) will soon be joining the CPR team for a duration of 3 years and will be responsible for setting baselines and monitoring results for the Palestinian Gatherings project, among others.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (JPO) joined the CPR unit at the end of October 2017. A monitoring and evaluation plan is under preparation.
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2018/03/20]
Marat Murzabekov 2018/03 Completed The work on the M&E plan has been initiated with the project team in Nov 2017. The deadline for the completion has been extended in order to combine the M&E plan development with the other corporate planning exercises (AWP). An M&E workshop has been performed in March 2018. During the workshop, project team has been presented with the fundamentals of the M&E, including the monitoring of results. Concerning innovative ways to measure results on beneficiaries, UNDP CO is currently working on using phone applications for collecting data about impacts of interventions. History
2. Recommendation:

Consolidation of a common understanding of how such projects would contribute to crisis prevention and peacebuilding. After conducting robust and participatory conflict analysis, successor similar projects could be built on clearly defined theories of change, where areas of intervention are defined as entry points to deliver conflict prevention and peacebuilding results, either through sector guidance, institutional capacity building or direct service delivery, in a manner consistent with UNDP’s mandate. This would considerably bridge transition gaps in ways that are relevant for peacebuilding (between rapid delivery of important basic services and longer-term sector reform and/or institution-building efforts).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/05/02]

The PD of the Palestinian Gatherings project for the new phase will be developed next year and will include a clearer theory of change.

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Coherence of comprehensive intervention strategies between UNDP and relevant stakeholders. It is recommended that UNDP keep on the level of coordination, communication, and partnership with various sectoral working groups, so as to develop clear strategies to bridge between emergency, recovery, rehabilitation and long term relief.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/05/02]

UNDP is pursuing its coordination, communication and partnerships efforts

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Chairing the monthly coordination meetings which involve national and international stakeholders active in Palestinian Gathering in Lebanon
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/14]
Nancy Hilal 2017/12 Completed Monthly meetings of the Gatherings Working Group continued to take place during 2017. These meetings bring together representatives of international and national NGOs as well as UN agencies active in the WASH and shelter sectors in Palestinian gatherings. In addition to this, another group was established bringing together NGOs and UN agencies supporting Palestinian youth. Five workshops took place for the Youth Group in 2017 with the aim of mapping and assessing current support programmes to Palestinian youth in the gatherings and devising a joint strategy for intervention. History
4. Recommendation:

Dissemination of success stories. UNDP should build on its existing communication capacities to broaden dissemination of success stories and information sharing.

Vulnerability Assessment. UNDP could strengthen its equity-based approach early in the design phases by considering the assessment of vulnerabilities at the scale of all Palestinian Gatherings, thus ensuring coverage to the most vulnerable.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/05/02]

Both were taken in consideration by the project

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