UNDCS (2011-2015) EVALUATION

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type:
UNDAF
Planned End Date:
05/2016
Completion Date:
05/2016
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
10,000

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Title UNDCS (2011-2015) EVALUATION
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Turkey
Evaluation Type: UNDAF
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2016
Planned End Date: 05/2016
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Democratic Governance
  • 3. Crisis Prevention & Recovery
  • 4. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 5. Cross-cutting Development Issue
  • 6. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
Evaluation Budget(US $): 10,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 100,000
Joint Programme: Yes
Mandatory Evaluation: No
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with UN Agencies
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
UDA Consulting
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Countries: TURKEY
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

The monitoring and evaluation capacity of the UN in Ankara should be enhanced. This will also ensure that Results-Based Management principles are fully implemented, and in particular that the indicators to be used for the UNDCS for 2016-2020 are defined in such a way as to be more compliant with the principles of Results-Based Management (RBM). At the same time, the individual UN agencies should allocate enough financial resources in support of efficient monitoring of their own programmes, projects and activities at both agency and UNCT levels.  It is recommended that the mid-term review of the UNDCS 2016-2020 should be initiated at the end of 2017, so that timely measures can be taken, depending on needs arising and the latest socio-economic and geo-political developments.

2

The efforts that have been made to increase coordination among the UN agencies, including through the Working Groups and the Thematic Groups, need to be pursued further. The senior management of the UN agencies should take steps to further clarify the roles and responsibilities among the UN agencies. It is recommended that areas of duplication among the UN agencies should be identified and eliminated during the next UNDCS cycle.

3

While UN agencies will continue to operate in Turkey in the near future, and even increase their operations in view of the Syria crisis, circumstances may change in the medium term. With respect to the Syria crisis, UN agencies could usefully develop action plans for various possible scenarios while collectively strengthening the disaster-preparedness and contingency planning of the UN Country Team.  More generally, close attention may need to be paid to exit/sustainability strategies under the UNDCS for 2016-2020.

4

There is a need for greater efforts to improve coordination and communication with civil society organizations (CSOs). The UN has a critical part to play in enhancing the role of CSOs in Turkey. Regular meetings with CSOs would increase their sense of belonging.

5

Since all of the civil society organizations which contributed to the evaluation process highlighted the positive contribution of the UNDCS with respect to gender issues, it is recommended that the UN should continue to develop and reinforce its strategies and activities in this area.

1. Recommendation:

The monitoring and evaluation capacity of the UN in Ankara should be enhanced. This will also ensure that Results-Based Management principles are fully implemented, and in particular that the indicators to be used for the UNDCS for 2016-2020 are defined in such a way as to be more compliant with the principles of Results-Based Management (RBM). At the same time, the individual UN agencies should allocate enough financial resources in support of efficient monitoring of their own programmes, projects and activities at both agency and UNCT levels.  It is recommended that the mid-term review of the UNDCS 2016-2020 should be initiated at the end of 2017, so that timely measures can be taken, depending on needs arising and the latest socio-economic and geo-political developments.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revise the ToR of the MfSR group to further strengthen its support role to inter-agency group
[Added: 2017/11/15]
MfSR WG 2016/03 Completed
Training on results-reporting for key staff in inter-agency groups
[Added: 2017/11/15]
MfSR 2016/12 Completed
Develop monitoring tools for the JWPs and establish a framework for the Annual UN Result Report
[Added: 2017/11/15]
MfSR 2016/12 Completed
Agree to initiate the Mid-term Review of the UNDCS at the end of 2017
[Added: 2017/11/15]
UNCT 2017/01 Completed
Agree to conduct the final Evaluation of the UNDCS at the end of 2019
[Added: 2017/11/15]
UNCT 2016/12 Completed
2. Recommendation:

The efforts that have been made to increase coordination among the UN agencies, including through the Working Groups and the Thematic Groups, need to be pursued further. The senior management of the UN agencies should take steps to further clarify the roles and responsibilities among the UN agencies. It is recommended that areas of duplication among the UN agencies should be identified and eliminated during the next UNDCS cycle.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish and ensure fully functional Results Groups with ToR and annual JWPs
[Added: 2017/11/15]
RGs 2016/06 Completed
3. Recommendation:

While UN agencies will continue to operate in Turkey in the near future, and even increase their operations in view of the Syria crisis, circumstances may change in the medium term. With respect to the Syria crisis, UN agencies could usefully develop action plans for various possible scenarios while collectively strengthening the disaster-preparedness and contingency planning of the UN Country Team.  More generally, close attention may need to be paid to exit/sustainability strategies under the UNDCS for 2016-2020.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Partially agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Establish an inter-agency task force on Emergency Preparedness and Response.
[Added: 2017/11/15]
UNCT 2016/02 Completed
Prepare contingency plan(s) as relevant
[Added: 2017/11/15]
UNFPA as Chair of the ERP Task Force, and RCO 2017/12 Completed
Organize briefing on Programme Criticality for the UNCT and relevant staff. Define follow up actions as appropriate
[Added: 2017/11/15]
RCO, UNCT 2016/12 Completed
4. Recommendation:

There is a need for greater efforts to improve coordination and communication with civil society organizations (CSOs). The UN has a critical part to play in enhancing the role of CSOs in Turkey. Regular meetings with CSOs would increase their sense of belonging.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a database of CSOs (categorised per Results Group/thematic area) as a starting point for RGs to facilitate better inter-agency coordination in the engagement with CSOs
[Added: 2017/11/15]
RCO and RGs 2017/06 Completed
Explore the possibility of engaging CSOs in the UNDCS Steering Committee and/or in the RGs
[Added: 2017/11/16]
RCO and RGs 2017/03 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Since all of the civil society organizations which contributed to the evaluation process highlighted the positive contribution of the UNDCS with respect to gender issues, it is recommended that the UN should continue to develop and reinforce its strategies and activities in this area.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/11/15]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Incorporate twin-track approach in the UNDCS 2016-2020 (one UNDCS pillar focused on Gender Equality and, in parallel, gender mainstreamed in the other pillars)
[Added: 2017/11/16]
UNCT 2016/01 Completed
Further enhance UN staff’s capacity on gender mainstreaming and relevant legal instruments
[Added: 2017/11/16]
RG Gender 2017/09 Completed

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