Mid-Term Project Evaluation of Regional Project: Fostering Knowledge for Human Development

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, RBAS
Evaluation Type:
Mid Term Project
Planned End Date:
07/2020
Completion Date:
07/2020
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
8,400

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Title Mid-Term Project Evaluation of Regional Project: Fostering Knowledge for Human Development
Atlas Project Number: 00079215
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, RBAS
Evaluation Type: Mid Term Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 07/2020
Planned End Date: 07/2020
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Poverty
  • 2. Governance
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.2.1 Use of digital technologies and big data enabled for improved public services and other government functions
SDG Target
  • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • 17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts
  • 17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
Evaluation Budget(US $): 8,400
Source of Funding: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF)
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 8,400
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders:
Lessons
1.

1. In the extremely complex realities of the Arab Region, the results-oriented approach and continuously monitor internal and external supporting and constraining factors affecting operations are key factors to ensure the relevance of interventions.

2. The importance of strategic partnerships with UN sister agencies and international financial institutions on advancing knowledge is critical and essential.

3. The diversification of means of verification (quantitative and qualitative) is essential to capture the quality of interventions that are usually reported numerically.

4. Quality and reliable data are critically important to identify vulnerable groups (especially when it comes to gender, disability and vulnerable/marginalized groups), assess equity aspects and monitor whether the mainstreaming actions implemented advance their rights.

5. Strategic positioning can be considered as a cornerstone for national, regional or international scale-up, especially in the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation between and among developing countries.


Findings
1.

Please refer to pages 9-10 in the Executive Summary, and pages 30-50 under the "findings" section.


Recommendations
1

Maintain and further develop standards and procedures (meetings, assessments/situational analysis/contingency plans, etc.) to ensure readiness to quickly identify and address unexpected/emerging issues and extend support to UNDP Country Offices in new areas of catchment

2

Keep on exploring possibilities of joint initiatives with agencies such as UNESCO for education verticals, which would eventually foster complementarities and synergy among UN agencies to collectively work together on common national/regional development priorities.

3

Further develop the Results Framework and M&E architecture of the project and corresponding quantitative and qualitative reporting tools, so that monitoring and measuring achievements and progress of the project.

4

Plan and support the systematic incorporation of cross-cutting issues, namely gender in the project documentation along any project cycle.

5

Initiate awareness raising efforts to sensitize Government institutions in new Arab settings on the importance of backing decision-making and policy-making with knowledge, and consequently, encourage them to mobilize required funds in their national budgets, which will enhance “institutional ownership” of initiatives at country level.

1. Recommendation:

Maintain and further develop standards and procedures (meetings, assessments/situational analysis/contingency plans, etc.) to ensure readiness to quickly identify and address unexpected/emerging issues and extend support to UNDP Country Offices in new areas of catchment

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. Procedures to address unexpected issues and extending support to UNDP Country Offices accordingly is crucial under the thematic area of the Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate communication with a number of UNDP Country Offices, namely Tunisia and Jordan to extend support based on their request and mainly on developing skills gap strategies. Support was already extended to UNDP Country Offices in UAE and Kuwait on the provision of data and research.
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/13]
The Project team 2020/12 Not Initiated History
2. Recommendation:

Keep on exploring possibilities of joint initiatives with agencies such as UNESCO for education verticals, which would eventually foster complementarities and synergy among UN agencies to collectively work together on common national/regional development priorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. The importance of strategic partnerships with UN sister agencies and international financial institutions on advancing knowledge is critical and essential.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Initiate communication to explore possible partnerships on literacy challenges with UN sister agencies whose mandate is on education, namely UNESCO.
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/13]
The Project team. 2020/12 Not Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Further develop the Results Framework and M&E architecture of the project and corresponding quantitative and qualitative reporting tools, so that monitoring and measuring achievements and progress of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

A project document revision will be conducted and PACed for the project, covering a new phase. The Document will include a newly devised Results Frameworok, in addition to revised M&E arrangements.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Draft a new Results Framework, with revised outputs and SMART indicators against which progress will be measured & reported on in the new phase (2020-2030).
[Added: 2020/08/12] [Last Updated: 2020/08/13]
UNDP-RBAS and Project team. 2020/12 Not Initiated History
4. Recommendation:

Plan and support the systematic incorporation of cross-cutting issues, namely gender in the project documentation along any project cycle.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant in a sense that the Project takes into consideration gender equality in any activity/event that is organized. Also, the Project encourages disabled people to participate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include an indicator on gender equality in the results framework section of the revised project document.
[Added: 2020/08/12]
UNDP-RBAS and the Project team. 2020/12 Not Initiated
Comply with an equal gender participation policy in all events to be organized by the Project
[Added: 2020/08/12]
The Project team 2020/12 Not Initiated
5. Recommendation:

Initiate awareness raising efforts to sensitize Government institutions in new Arab settings on the importance of backing decision-making and policy-making with knowledge, and consequently, encourage them to mobilize required funds in their national budgets, which will enhance “institutional ownership” of initiatives at country level.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/07/14] [Last Updated: 2020/08/12]

The recommendation is relevant. Progress can only be achieved – and especially sustained – when stakeholders, including policymakers, are very forthright in their approach, and are interested in identifying lessons and understanding trends from within their own national experiences and from around the world. Supporting policymakers to embrace useful knowledge is a top priority for the Project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Support the drafting of forward-thinking strategies for two model countries in coordination with the decision-makers with the aim to build a stronger knowledge society and economy.
[Added: 2020/08/13]
The Project team 2025/12 Not Initiated
Support the drafting of skills-gap assessment strategies for two model countries. The aim is to assess the labour market and skills needed in these countries in line with the existing educational system.
[Added: 2020/08/13]
The Project team 2025/12 Not Initiated

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