MEDIUM-TERM EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT “ENABLING RESPONSIVE, COHERENT AND INCLUSIVE SUPPORT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”

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Title MEDIUM-TERM EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT “ENABLING RESPONSIVE, COHERENT AND INCLUSIVE SUPPORT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Type: Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 01/2019
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Poverty and MDG
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 7.2. Global and national data collection, measurement and analytical systems in place to monitor progress on the post 2015 agenda and sustainable development goals
  • 2. Output 7.3. National development plans to address poverty and inequality are sustainable and risk resilient
Evaluation Budget(US $): 40,000
Source of Funding:
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 40,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: Partner agencies
Countries: GLOBAL
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Decide on the Project Modality

2

Address the wide scope of the Project

3

Upgrade the Theory of Change

4

Change the Results Framework

5

Improve Value Propositions and how those are communicated

6

Improve key business processes and the overall operating system

7

Improve the financial model

8

Structure the support and systematize the toolkit

1. Recommendation:

Decide on the Project Modality

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. Taking into account the intent of the recommendations and given the modalities now available, the team will change the structure of the project going forward through the following actions: 

·        Ensure that the projects - MAPS, Fragility – are linked together as a portfolio, to be managed jointly with the Project Board elevated to a portfolio board

·        For the remaining outputs 1-5, reformulate them into 3 outputs (i) Data, Follow-up and Review; (ii) Research, Tools, Capacity Building; (iii) MAPS Engagements

·        Keep Output 8 (on Fragility) as a separate project, rather than integrating it into the MAPS proje

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Revise Project Documents
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated Currently developing drafts History
1.2 PAC and sign ProDocs
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/07 Initiated
2. Recommendation:

Address the wide scope of the Project

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The recommendation to narrow the scope of the Project has already been addressed by the actions taken for recommendation 1.

·        Keep Output 8 (on Fragility) as a separate project, rather than integrating it into the MAPS project;

For the remaining outputs 1-5, reformulate them into 3 outputs (i) Data, Follow-up and Review; (ii) Research, Tools, Capacity Building; (iii) MAPS Engagements

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Upgrade the Theory of Change

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The project team is upgrading the Theory of Change

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Upgrade Theory of Change
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated Developing draft in consultation with extended SDG Integrator team
4. Recommendation:

Change the Results Framework

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The new results framework will reflect the new organization of Outputs, thereby addressing the fragmentation across and within its outputs to improve overall coherence and alignment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Change Results framework
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated Developing draft
5. Recommendation:

Improve Value Propositions and how those are communicated

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Acknowledge. The evaluation already notes the considerable value-add of the MAPS project. The recommendation to further improve the value proposition of the Project is only feasible under the conditions where Recommendations 1-3 are satisfied and can come as a natural progress through taking action on recommendations 1-3.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Develop new Theory of Change
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated Developing draft
5.2. Develop new project document
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/06 Overdue-Initiated Developing draft
5.3 Discuss improved value proposition with Project team
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/07 Initiated Developing draft
6. Recommendation:

Improve key business processes and the overall operating system

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Acknowledge. The overall business model of the Global Policy Network is being developed. As the Project now sits within the new SDG Integrator team as part of the GPN, once the overall business model is developed, the Project will align its business model to the overall as a strategy moving forward. The project will change to the portfolio modality.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Align with GPN business model
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Not Initiated Depending on when the GPN Business model becomes available.
6.2 Implement Portfolio Modality
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Initiated Developing the portfolio
7. Recommendation:

Improve the financial model

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The new Project Document has revised the budget to be more realistic. At the same time, the team will develop a resource mobilization strategy to improve the financial model, in line with the rearticulated value proposition.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Revise budget in Project Document
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Initiated Developing project document History
7.2 Develop Resource Mobilization Strategy
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Initiated Developing draft
8. Recommendation:

Structure the support and systematize the toolkit

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. This recommendation refers to the development of a menu of services that could be accompanied by mapping country requests, needs and contexts and organizing them into alternative paths. Once the revised Project Document has been approved, a menu of services on what the Project can offer will take shape through the development of e-learning modules for capacity building.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Develop e-learning models that serve as toolkit for the project and beyond
[Added: 2019/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/12 Initiated Developing modules

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