Final Evaluation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2010-2015 in Turkmenistan,

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Evaluation Plan:
2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
02/2014
Completion Date:
05/2014
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
19,000

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Title Final Evaluation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2010-2015 in Turkmenistan,
Atlas Project Number: 00046199
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015, Turkmenistan
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2014
Planned End Date: 02/2014
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 7.1. Global consensus on completion of MDGs and the post 2015 agenda informed by contributions from UNDP
Evaluation Budget(US $): 19,000
Source of Funding: 00046199
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 19,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Kay Kirby Dorji Independent Consultant kgdorji@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Government of Turkmenistan, UN Country Team, Development Partners
Countries: TURKMENISTAN
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Continue to consult extensively with the Government and MGOs and private sector to reach agreement on the tenor and extent of collaboration throughout all phases of UNDAF preparation and implementation

2

Develop a collaborative, lighter and more strategic UNDAF that allows more programmatic space for flexibility to adapt faster, innovate more, and respond better to new and changing realities and priorities at country level. This may be achieved through fewer outcomes and outputs as well as, critically, through an agreed set of indicator baselines and targets and more collaborative UNDAF M&E mechanisms. Align UNDAF Outcomes with national development priorities and focus them to support the achievement of national development goals

3

Give more focus to the provision of tools that help to generate knowledge and skills required for change, rather than offering a blueprint for reform. In addition to policy advice and building the capacity of systems to deliver, this will involve participatory work in designing standards, implementing actions plans, and monitoring systems. Overall, “learning by doing” is a strategy that has proven to be particularly effective

4

Each Outcome/Thematic Working Group should have clear deliverables, beyond simple reporting requirements; expectations for the groups should be formulated in clear Terms of Reference. The groups should serve as problem-solving entities, and not just information sharing meetings; in particular, internal United Nations members of the groups should focus on agreeing on the most effective ways to engage with the Government (who, when, how), which also will improve internal coherence and discipline.

5

The UNCT will need to make a significant commitment to developing baselines for each of the key strategic focus areas, including at the outcome level, and will need to fully engage national statistics authorities and relevant national institutions. The need for reliable statistical data should, therefore, be made an essential component of each of the strategic outcome areas, rather than an area in and of itself. The M&E process of the UNDAF should be made as simple and transparent as possible. Each outcome should have only two or three indicators, which should be constructed as capable of measuring impact.

6

The UNDAF document should be as short, concise and “high-level” as possible, as well as flexible enough to be able to adapt to changing circumstances. A brief summary should be made available and widely distributed among national counterparts, donors, the private sector and others. All Agencies should make the document available on their websites in English and in Turkmen

7

Although proactive engagement with the media is likely to be constrained by the local context, the UNCT should make a more concerted and sustained effort to communicate United Nations activities as a whole to the people, including joint United Nations initiatives

1. Recommendation:

Continue to consult extensively with the Government and MGOs and private sector to reach agreement on the tenor and extent of collaboration throughout all phases of UNDAF preparation and implementation

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/11/07]

The inclusive consultation throughout eh UNDAF roll out process were consudted with participation of representatives of the line ministries , CSOs and private sector.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Ensure participation of Government representatives at the at next stages of UNDAF 2016-2020 roll out – RBM Workshop, Strategic Prioritization Retreat and UNDAF Results Framework Development)
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UN RCO 2017/09 Completed Participatory RBM training conducted in July 2014 UNDAF Formulation retreat conducted on 10-11 September 2014
1.2 Integrate provisions on the joint monitoring and coordination mechanisms into the UNDAF Document
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UN RCO 2015/01 Completed Draft Turkmenistan-UN Partnership Framework for Development contains Management Structure which envisages joint coordination and monitoring mechanisms. The Document is completed in February 2015 and shared with Government for comments on 19 March 2015
1.3 Conduct a joint GOV-UN meeting to approve membership of the National Steering and Coordination Committee and the Results Groups
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UN RCO 2016/01 Completed First meeting of the National Steering and Coordination Committee held on 8 June 2016. Minutes available
2. Recommendation:

Develop a collaborative, lighter and more strategic UNDAF that allows more programmatic space for flexibility to adapt faster, innovate more, and respond better to new and changing realities and priorities at country level. This may be achieved through fewer outcomes and outputs as well as, critically, through an agreed set of indicator baselines and targets and more collaborative UNDAF M&E mechanisms. Align UNDAF Outcomes with national development priorities and focus them to support the achievement of national development goals

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. This recomnedation was taken inbto consideration during the consultations witheh national stakeholders and internal UNCT meetings.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Consult with the Government on the development of new UNDAF at Outcomes level that respond to the national development priorities and focus to support the achievement of national development goals
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/11/08]
UN RCO 2014/09 Completed Agreement reached at UNDAF Formulation Retreat in September 2014 History
3. Recommendation:

Give more focus to the provision of tools that help to generate knowledge and skills required for change, rather than offering a blueprint for reform. In addition to policy advice and building the capacity of systems to deliver, this will involve participatory work in designing standards, implementing actions plans, and monitoring systems. Overall, “learning by doing” is a strategy that has proven to be particularly effective

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. The UN Agencies are providing technical support that aims at generating knowledge and skills especially with a focus to use of evidence based data to develop national policies and strategies. One of the examples of such support are UNCT efforts to support self-assessment exercise to the State Statistics Committee. So the UN Agencies will continue doing so within the new UNDAF cycle

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Envisage in the UNDAF document provisions that aim at knowledge generation, capacity building and policy advice
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO, UNCT 2014/12 Completed The major provisions are reflected in the Commitment Page of the UNDAF
3.2 Provide technical support to national counterparts
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/12]
UNCT 2017/12 Completed The agencies have signed the annual workplans and CPAPs in mid 2016 and continued providing technical support through out 2017 History
4. Recommendation:

Each Outcome/Thematic Working Group should have clear deliverables, beyond simple reporting requirements; expectations for the groups should be formulated in clear Terms of Reference. The groups should serve as problem-solving entities, and not just information sharing meetings; in particular, internal United Nations members of the groups should focus on agreeing on the most effective ways to engage with the Government (who, when, how), which also will improve internal coherence and discipline.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. The new UNDAF will have a clear section on Management and Coordination mechanisms which will set out functions of the National Steering and Coordination Committee, Results Groups for monitoring and assessment purposes. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Include functions of the National and Steering and Coordination Committee and the Results Groups into the new UNDAF Document
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2014/12 Completed The functions were approved during the National Steering Committee meeting on 8 June 2016
4.2 Approve TORs for the NSCC and RGs at the meeting with the Government officials
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2016/06 Completed Approved at the NSCC meeting in June 2016
4.3 Conduct regular meetings of the Results Groups and NSCC as set out in TORs
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/12/12]
UNRCO 2017/12 Completed NSCC approved the TORs and membership of the Results Groups in June 2016. Since then over 20 meetings of RGs were conducted. History
5. Recommendation:

The UNCT will need to make a significant commitment to developing baselines for each of the key strategic focus areas, including at the outcome level, and will need to fully engage national statistics authorities and relevant national institutions. The need for reliable statistical data should, therefore, be made an essential component of each of the strategic outcome areas, rather than an area in and of itself. The M&E process of the UNDAF should be made as simple and transparent as possible. Each outcome should have only two or three indicators, which should be constructed as capable of measuring impact.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. The UNCT in partnership with the national counterparts will critically review the proposed indicators, especially with regard to setting baselines and targets. The roles and responsibilities and leading agencies for each UNDAF indicator will be discussed and agreed at the joint work plans development process.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Develop the UNDAF Results Matrix with formulated outcomes and outcome indicators and agree them with the Government
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2014/12 Completed The Results abd Resources Framework approved and signed on 4 April 2016
5.2 Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy for the PFD 2016-2020
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2015/03 Completed Activity was implemented in 2015 and the Strategy approved by UNCT in early 2016
5.3 Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Plans and Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Calendars for each PFD Result Group
[Added: 2017/11/07] [Last Updated: 2017/11/08]
UNRCO 2016/12 Completed M&E Plans were developed in 2016 History
6. Recommendation:

The UNDAF document should be as short, concise and “high-level” as possible, as well as flexible enough to be able to adapt to changing circumstances. A brief summary should be made available and widely distributed among national counterparts, donors, the private sector and others. All Agencies should make the document available on their websites in English and in Turkmen

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. The UNCT will address this recommendation during the UNDAF Design workshop and UNCT preparatory meeting to the SPR in September 2014.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Reflect this recommendation during the UNDAF 2016-2020 design stage
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2014/12 Completed The PFD document developed at Outcomes level
6.2 Upload the UNDAF 2016-2020 document to the UN Country Office website
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2016/04 Completed Uploaded into the tm.one.un.org website
7. Recommendation:

Although proactive engagement with the media is likely to be constrained by the local context, the UNCT should make a more concerted and sustained effort to communicate United Nations activities as a whole to the people, including joint United Nations initiatives

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/07]

Agree. The UN  Resident Coordinator’s Office will implement this recommendation by disseminating press releases and in the UN RC statements, as well as during the meetings with donors, development partners and in the Government. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Disseminate information on UNDAF 2016-2020 and relevant activities through UN press-releases and statements
[Added: 2017/11/07]
UNRCO 2016/04 Completed All information on PFD activities are reflected in tm.one.un.org

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