Final Evaluation of Nutrition Project – UNICEF France National

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2022, Cape Verde
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
07/2019
Completion Date:
01/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
20,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Nutrition Project – UNICEF France National
Atlas Project Number: 00065851
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2022, Cape Verde
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2020
Planned End Date: 07/2019
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.1. National and sub-national systems and institutions enabled to achieve structural transformation of productive capacities that are sustainable and employment - and livelihoods- intensive
Evaluation Budget(US $): 20,000
Source of Funding: REGULAR RESOURCES
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 22,680
Joint Programme: Yes
Joint Evaluation: Yes
  • Joint with Donors
  • Joint with UNICEF FRANCE NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Maria João Nazareth Consultant nazareth.mj@gmail.com BRAZIL
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: UN AGENCIES AND FRANCE COOPERATION
Countries: CAPE VERDE
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

RS1- To increase the participation of government structures into the planning and implementation of the next project phase

2

RS2 – To ensure greater involvement of the implementing partners with the government, mainly in the implementation and revision of actions

3

RS3 – Build upon on the existing capacity building and partnership strategy and ensure that more staff within Ministries as well as other entities and partners benefit from it

4

RS4 – To expand on the communication strategy during the life of the project

5

RS5 – Maintain the partnerships approach for the continuation of the project 

6

RS6 – Expand Partnerships to include religious organizations

7

OR1 - Support the monitoring and reporting to achieve a high quality standard

8

OR2 – Consider using the DHIS2 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation on vulnerable beneficiary groups

9

OR3 - Consider strategies for identification of groups nutrition habits

1. Recommendation:

RS1- To increase the participation of government structures into the planning and implementation of the next project phase

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree to increase participation of other gov strutures

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Engagement with other government structures, in order to find other innovative solutions and approaches. Namely, engage with MoF for M&E contributions.
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF Joint Office Cabo-Verde 2020/12 Completed Nutrition issues are monitored both by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration of the Ministry of Health, trough regular meetings and statistical data sharing. History
2. Recommendation:

RS2 – To ensure greater involvement of the implementing partners with the government, mainly in the implementation and revision of actions

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree. Invite all relevant partners.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Invite all Project involved partners, namely Journalists Network, NGO’s, Private Sector, to the existing technical meetings. Or specific meetings.
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Initiated A Technical Support Core Group of the Nutrition Program (NAT/PNN) of the MoH, with all involved partners was created already since 2015 The meetings are realized in a quarterly basis. The 1st NAT-PNN meeting was realized in January 2020 2nd NAT-PNN meeting realized in April, 2020 (virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic). The next two NAT-PNN meetings are planned for 3rd and fourth quarters 2020.
3. Recommendation:

RS3 – Build upon on the existing capacity building and partnership strategy and ensure that more staff within Ministries as well as other entities and partners benefit from it

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree, promoting ToT.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promote ToT (Training of Trainers) centrally and locally, among Government IP
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Initiated ToT was the selected strategy for all the trainings realized during the project implementation. For 2020, the training of trainers (ToT) was realized on 1st Quarter to the technicians in Barlavento (Mindelo/S.Vicente) and Sotavento (Praia/Santiago). Next ToT is planned for 2nd semester of 2020
Training of other partners like journalists’ union, NGOs and Private Sector
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Completed Second training of Journalists and NGOVERDEFAM and Cruz Vermelha realized in February, 2020
4. Recommendation:

RS4 – To expand on the communication strategy during the life of the project

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree. Is part of the strategy already in place.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Reinforce communication in schools and health centers
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Initiated Communication and sensibilization on nutrition are integrated in the school curriculum and in the package of nutrition services offered in the health centers. During the first semester of 2020, the actions were reinforced in the Health centers trough i) Routine nutrition services offered; ii) communication material elaborated and distributed at health centers and population; iii) national directives to guarantee the continuum of the nutrition services in the COVID-19 pandemic context. At the school level, the classes were suspended until October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Engage with public figures, like local sports stars and musicians in communication activities
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Completed Public figures engagement was a selected strategy used during the project implementation (2017-2019). For the next years the communications materials already produced will be used for the planned interventions on 2020, to maximize the investment done.
5. Recommendation:

RS5 – Maintain the partnerships approach for the continuation of the project 

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Maintain the partnerships approach for the continuation of the national efforts to combat anemia

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Using UN’s communication platforms, like social media, public events, to highlight and recognize the collaboration and contribution of partners (like Private Sector, Associations, others).
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Initiated For each activity, the government will continue to use the UN’s communication platforms, MoH and Ministry of Education and other sectors platforms; Partnership with NGO VERDEAFM was extended until end 2020
6. Recommendation:

RS6 – Expand Partnerships to include religious organizations

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree. Already done but not in a structured manner.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Define an action plan to engage with religious organizations with information and training for Home Fortification implementation in the religious preschool centers.
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Not Initiated Planned for 2nd semester of 2020
Implement the action plan as defined
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Overdue-Not Initiated Planned for 2nd semester of 2020
7. Recommendation:

OR1 - Support the monitoring and reporting to achieve a high quality standard

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Partially Agree. It is already implemented as proposed by the evaluation. This is a good practice that will be taken as lesson learned in a National manner

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Capacity building in M&E for relevant sakeholders, namely MSS and ME staff
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2021/12 Not Initiated Planned for 2nd semester of 2020
Introduction of technology-based solutions to ensure timely and quality data entry and reporting.
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2021/12 Not Initiated Planned for 2nd semester of 2020
Propose to National Partners the dissemination of quarterly reports
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2021/12 Not Initiated All the officials reports of Programs and Services of the Ministry of Health are presented in an annual basis.
8. Recommendation:

OR2 – Consider using the DHIS2 to conduct a comprehensive evaluation on vulnerable beneficiary groups

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Disagree. This recommendation is not applicable since the scope of the DHIS2, as per the practice established by MoH,  is not to assess the conditions of children (11-14 years old) and other vulnerable beneficiary groups. DHIS 2 cover key health systems variables but education-related questions. In addition, DHIS 2 only considers children under the age of 5 and not children 11-14 years of age.

Key Actions:

9. Recommendation:

OR3 - Consider strategies for identification of groups nutrition habits

Management Response: [Added: 2020/08/04]

Agree. Some work is already being done in the country in this regard.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assess and validate that all nutrition studies currently planned for 2020 include the identification of group nutrition habits
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Completed The “Non Communicable Diseases Survey (STEPS)” (unique nutrition study planned on 2019/2020) include already the identification of group nutrition habits
Use findings from existing studies/assessment of local nutrition habits to inform the design and planning of nutrition projects which the Joint Office is expected to contribute to and/or advise on over the next two years
[Added: 2020/08/04]
Ana Paula Maximiano 2020/12 Completed In September/October 2019, the MoH in collaboration with UNICEF, used the findings from existed Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) to prepare a nutrition project submitted and approved by the UNICEF Portuguese NAT Com for 2020 and 2021. The findings of the Non Communicable Diseases Survey (STEPS) will be used if the Country decided to prepare future projects

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