CPD mid term evaluation

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Evaluation Plan:
2017-2021, Gambia
Evaluation Type:
Country Programme Evaluation
Planned End Date:
07/2019
Completion Date:
01/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
35,000

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Title CPD mid term evaluation
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2021, Gambia
Evaluation Type: Country Programme Evaluation
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2020
Planned End Date: 07/2019
Management Response: Yes
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 35,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 43,600
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Cliff Bernard Nuwakora consultant cliff.nuwakora@gmail.com UGANDA
Mariam Khan consultant mkhansenghore@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: GAMBIA
Lessons
1.
  • Effective stakeholder participation is key for project success and sustainability.
  • Use of government structures is critical for securing government buy-in which enhances sustainability.
  • Staff retention is critical for the results sustainability of a capacity strengthening program.
  • Proper planning and design of national programs like the CPD require clear exit strategy to ensure an inbuilt sustainability plan.
  • Need for continuous support in Aid coordination and effectiveness through dedicated monitoring.
  • Need for a robust National Development Plan coordination and monitoring mechanism.
  • Partnership strengthening and enhancement of the National statistical System, and Data analysis and management for greater impact on poverty reduction.
  • Need for initiation of support for strategic planning of long-term national perspective studies such as the Gambia Vision.

Findings
1.

•The national priorities in the UNDAF and CPD documents are from the PAGE II and not the NDP 2018-2021

•The phrasing of output statements portray them as actions to be undertaken rather than results to be achieved.

The project specific results frameworks are incomplete lacking key project specific information (baselines & targets) that would guide implementation & measurement of results

The design and implementation arrangements poses both opportunities and threat to sustainability. Not all projects have so far developed their sustainability plans which has a negative bearing on the benefit continuity of the programme. Nevertheless, programme design and implementation integrated the four pillars of sustainability  and to this extent, programme sustainability can be more enhanced


Recommendations
1

There is a need for UNDP to re-structure and re-classify the components and capacities of the programme to maximize on resources and effectively deliver the required expertise.

2

The Government of the Gambia needs to clarify which line ministry or office has the mandate to coordinate the NDP.

3
  • The Peace Building Fund can be used as an entry point for joint programmes as several agencies work together with the same partners in some of the projects. 
4
  • The structure and approach of the interventions across  the  board should be  revisited  to ensure  concrete  ownership by the  MDA  for  better  sustainability. This is intended  to  reduce projectization  mentality among  MDAs  which  waters  down  sustainability of the  results.
5
  • There is a critical need for sustained support and sector wide strategies that increase capacity for the entire justice system, not one or two discreet institutions
6
  • Basket funding model should be adopted for the next election cycle given the multiple players and prospective funders for effective results and efficient utilization of resources given the fact that UNDP has a comparative advantage in this area.
7
  • Under outcome 1, include an indicator that would measure equality
8
  • It is important that source of baseline indicator values are indicated to allow verification of data credibility and comparisons.
9
  • Targets on the employment related indicator should be revised in the light of the 2018 Labour Force survey since the source for baseline data seem to be outdated.
10
  • Institutionalize standardized results based reporting to ensure uniformity in reporting and minimize activity based reporting. This also needs to go hand in hand with capacity strengthening in reporting.
11
  • Mid-line performance targets should be set to allow objective measurement of performance at this level.
1. Recommendation:

There is a need for UNDP to re-structure and re-classify the components and capacities of the programme to maximize on resources and effectively deliver the required expertise.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

UNDP notes the recommendation and in concert with management review team in RBA will pursue target restructuring of the programme unit

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
undertake a structural review of programme unit to enable efficiencies of scale and better portfolio management
[Added: 2020/01/07]
DRR 2020/09 Overdue-Initiated
2. Recommendation:

The Government of the Gambia needs to clarify which line ministry or office has the mandate to coordinate the NDP.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

Government takes note of recommendation and assures of ongoing discussion on coordination of NDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Government to issue position paper clarifying coordination between Ministry of Finance and Coordination unit within Office of the Presdient
[Added: 2020/01/07]
Ministry of Finance and office of the Presdient 2020/07 Overdue-Initiated
3. Recommendation:
  • The Peace Building Fund can be used as an entry point for joint programmes as several agencies work together with the same partners in some of the projects. 
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

Peacebuilding funding is being utilised for joint programming

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Ensure joint programming with PBF funding
[Added: 2020/01/07]
UN agencies 2020/01 Completed Joint programmes in Rule of Law, Governance and Climate Change
4. Recommendation:
  • The structure and approach of the interventions across  the  board should be  revisited  to ensure  concrete  ownership by the  MDA  for  better  sustainability. This is intended  to  reduce projectization  mentality among  MDAs  which  waters  down  sustainability of the  results.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

UNDP in concert with MDA to redefine startegic support intervention through a strategic review of key portfolios

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Undertake strategic review of each portfolio
[Added: 2020/01/07]
Programme Specialist 2020/10 Overdue-Initiated
5. Recommendation:
  • There is a critical need for sustained support and sector wide strategies that increase capacity for the entire justice system, not one or two discreet institutions
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

A sector wide justice programmatic framework inclusive of security and rule of law to be formulated

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop comprehensive programmatic framework
[Added: 2020/01/07] [Last Updated: 2020/01/08]
Rule of Law CTA 2020/09 Overdue-Initiated History
6. Recommendation:
  • Basket funding model should be adopted for the next election cycle given the multiple players and prospective funders for effective results and efficient utilization of resources given the fact that UNDP has a comparative advantage in this area.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

- UNDP and partners to pursue possibility of election basket fund modality. A NAM has been conducted setting out key priorities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
liaise with election task force Brussels in developing a election programme and defining appropriate modality
[Added: 2020/01/07]
DRR 2020/09 Overdue-Initiated
7. Recommendation:
  • Under outcome 1, include an indicator that would measure equality
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

- UNDP in liaison with Ministry of Finance to identify an equality indicator.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
formulate a inequality indicator specific and measurable to Gambia context
[Added: 2020/01/07]
Inclusive Growth programme Specialist 2020/09 Overdue-Not Initiated
8. Recommendation:
  • It is important that source of baseline indicator values are indicated to allow verification of data credibility and comparisons.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

CO to review baseline indicator sources and update

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Review baseline indicator sources in IRRF and verify
[Added: 2020/01/07]
Programme Specialist 2020/12 Not Initiated
9. Recommendation:
  • Targets on the employment related indicator should be revised in the light of the 2018 Labour Force survey since the source for baseline data seem to be outdated.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

CO will review 2021 targets for employment.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:
  • Institutionalize standardized results based reporting to ensure uniformity in reporting and minimize activity based reporting. This also needs to go hand in hand with capacity strengthening in reporting.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

Training on Resutl based reporting for partners to be rolled out.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
CO to undertake results based reporting training for key IPs and RPs
[Added: 2020/01/07]
M&E Specialist once recruited 2020/12 Not Initiated
11. Recommendation:
  • Mid-line performance targets should be set to allow objective measurement of performance at this level.
Management Response: [Added: 2020/01/07]

CO takes note for implementation in next programme cycle

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
define mid term performance target in next CPD
[Added: 2020/01/07]
DRR and Programme Specialist 2021/12 Not Initiated

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