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Transparencia, integridad y participación ciudadana - Mid Term Evaluation.
Commissioning Unit: Mexico
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Mexico
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Final evaluation recommendation 1.

The team should value systematizing the experiences generated at the territorial level by CSOs in their testing and piloting processes of anti-corruption methodological tools. The analysis of the relationships with the local anti-corruption structures, the articulation relationships established between CSOs and public bodies, the responses to the findings of the anti-corruption studies, etc., are several of the issues that the project must address in order not to lose the wealth of new elements that it is generating. This is an aspect that was already mentioned in the evaluation of the previous project, as well as by the Project Board, so it would be opportune to take it seriously into consideration. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

In September, 2021, the Project hired an external consultant to develop a systematization document that seeks to account for the work generated by the National Anticorruption Network in the framework of the project "Localizing Anticorruption, through the five lines of action and 18 products generated from July 2020 to September 2021, highlighting the achievements, best practices, implementation of methodological tools, results and scope to strengthen anti-corruption processes and strategies at the national and local levels.

The document is still in process and is expected to be completed in February, 2022. The document will be publicly available on March 1, 2022.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hiring a consultant to systematize the experiences generated at the territorial level by the National Anticorruption Network (RNA).
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/03/02]
-Project’s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. 2022/02 Completed The Project hired consultant Karla Priego to elaborate the systematization document. Its development has been closely assisted and monitored by the Project’s team. This document will allow to constructively interpret the achievements and difficulties in the implementation processes and thus reflect on the lessons and learnings that aim to contribute to the strengthening of the Project. This reflective exercise aims to provide a detailed explanation of the internal and external factors that have intervened in the execution of the activities, as well as their logic and interrelation, in order to identify areas of opportunity to strengthen the Project and to develop replications of successful interventions/results. This effort not only intends to develop an educational process that contributes to the generation of new knowledge The product includes a background section that describes the background of the RNA project "Localizing Corruption"; a methodological section that explains the systematization process and its approaches; lines of action section that refers to the processes, products, pilot’s implementation of methodological tools, establishment of alliances and results generated by the RNA; Finally, a section of lessons learned, and best practices is presented. will allow the identification of innovation, sustainability, and public replicability factors. History
Publication of the systematization Document.
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/05/12]
-Project’s Coordination. -Executive Secretariat of the National Anticorruption System (SESNA). -UNDP Mexico’s Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. 2022/07 Not Initiated After UNDP and SESNA, the activity’s counterpart, revise and approve the final version of the document, the product will be published and publicly available on July, 2022. History
2. Recommendation:

Final evaluation recommendation 2.

The project team must advance in more specific analyzes on a gender approach that go beyond simply having the data disaggregated by sex. The effort made in the production of tools for mainstreaming the Gender perspective with a Human Rights approach (HR) within the framework of the PNA is an example of this; But it would be necessary to make progress in analyzing the differentiated impacts of the interventions between men and women, the empowerment of anti-corruption groups of women, the gender perspective in the methodology of analysis of policies and public programs analyzed, are some of the issues that can be addressed from the project before it ends.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

To conduct more specific analyses on gender perspective, the Project will hire the services of a consultant specialized on gender issues to design and implement a workplan to measure the differentiated impacts of the men and women in the Project, to incorporate gender considerations in the implementation of methodologies developed by the Project, and to replicate best practices. Furthermore, the Project will work jointly with UNDP Mexico’s Gender Unit to implement the measures and recommendations derived from the consultancy.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Hiring a consultancy to strengthen the Project’s gender approach.
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/06/13]
-Project’s Coordination. -UNDP Mexico’s Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. -UNDP Mexico’s Gender Unit. 2022/07 Not Initiated To address this recommendation, the Project will collaborate with UNDP’s Gender Unit to carry out the following activities: • Identify existing initiatives and best practices that adopt strategies of gender diversity and access of women in decision-making positions in the fight against corruption. • Develop an analysis of the differentiated impacts of the Project’s interventions between men and women. History
Addressing recommendations issued by the consultant.
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/06/13]
-Project’s Coordination. -UNDP Mexico’s Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. -UNDP Mexico’s Gender Unit. 2022/08 Not Initiated The Project, jointly with the Gender Unit, will develop a work plan to implement and address the main findings of the analyses conducted. History
3. Recommendation:

Final evaluation recommendation 3.

It is important that the project team considers the analysis of results based on vulnerable groups (population in poverty, indigenous population, groups with disabilities, etc.). This requires the team to define a specific approach and work strategy on these population groups. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

The Project has identified vulnerable groups that have impacted the results of the activities. In this regard, the team will conduct an internal survey to assess to what extent vulnerable groups have been benefited from the Project, how they impacted the results, what capacities have been strengthened and to identify areas of opportunity to enhance their incorporation/participation in the Project. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Assessment and workplan
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/06/13]
-Project’s Coordination. -UNDP Mexico’s Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. 2022/07 Initiated From the results derived from the interview, the Project, jointly with the Effective Governance and Democracy Unit, will develop a workplan to design a specific approach and work strategy to include and involve vulnerable groups that might participate later in the Project. History
Conduction of survey
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/05/12]
-Project’s Coordination. -UNDP Mexico’s Effective Governance and Democracy Unit 2022/05 Completed The team conducted an interview to indigenous groups that participated in the implementation of the Project to identify 1) their contribution to the Project 2) the benefits/disadvantages they encountered 3) challenges faced in the implementation of the Project 4) their role in the fight against corruption 5) areas of opportunity to enhance their participation in the Project 6) capacities built 7) their impact on the project results. History
4. Recommendation:

Final evaluation recommendation 4.

At the present time, the project team has managed to articulate 18 Civil Society Organizations located in different regions of the national territory. These CSOs have proven to be solvent, consistent, and responsible, in addition to making it possible to make an “arrival” at the local level. The project team should consider establishing a specific monitoring line for the variety of interventions carried out by CSOs at the territorial level. Given the possibility of extending the project, it is important to assess those interventions carried out by CSOs that have proven to be successful, to continue developing them where they have already been implemented, and to promote them in interventions to other territories. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

The Project is working with 18 CSOs under the framework of two different activities, National Anti-corruption Network and the Second Co-responsibility Call, to prevent and counter corruption at the sub-national level. To assess the impact and interventions of the CSOs, two consultancies are currently under way. These are being closely monitored and followed by the team.

Both consultancies aim to strengthen the capacities of the CSOs and to systematize the results of the activities in order to identify areas of opportunity, best practices, capacity building needs and successful interventions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Follow up and monitoring of two ongoing consultancies to measure the impact of the CSOs in the fight against corruption.
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/05/12]
-Project’s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. 2022/05 Completed The following consultancies are currently being carried out: 1) See Final evaluation recommendation 1 (p. 1-2) 2) Lorena Cortés, external consultant, is currently heading a consultancy to offer training and technical support to Second Co-responsibility Call CSOs to strengthen their capacity to manage projects so that they are executed efficiently and effectively and thus the projects have a greater possibility of impact and open new doors for citizen participation at the sub-national level. An evaluation of the progress of the projects will also be carried out to determine the effectiveness of the actions taken, learned lessons, areas of opportunity, best practices, and successful interventions. These findings will be systematized in a document that will be published. This activity will help UNDP to generate and share knowledge on CSOs works. History
5. Recommendation:

Through this project, advancing with a municipal open government agenda opens up many spaces to continue innovating in this component. It is recommended to consider going beyond the 5 municipalities contemplated in the current intervention of the project. Given the possibility of the extension in the project execution time, considering establishing municipal lines of work by regions would be a possibility that would allow deepening not only in the territorial diagnoses but also in the capacities of local response to the acts of corruption. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

The project will be extended for six additional months and will conclude on January 23, 2023. In this regard, it is expected that the Municipal Open Government Toolkit will be implemented in other municipalities that will be determined jointly with the donor (USAID).

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Systematization and refinement of the Municipal Open Government Toolkit
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/05/12]
-Project´s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit. 2022/07 Not Initiated After concluding the pilots of the Municipal Open Government Toolkit, the Project will systematize the results with the purpose of adjusting, improving, and refining the Toolkit. Furthermore, pilot’s implementation best practices and lessons learned will be identified. History
Implementation of the refined municipal Open Government Toolkit.
[Added: 2022/01/17]
-Project´s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit 2022/08 Not Initiated After refining the Toolkit, the Project will work jointly with USAID to identify new municipalities where the product will be piloted. After selecting the municipalities, the new refined Toolkit will be implemented with supervision of the Project.
6. Recommendation:

The project must advance with a clearer and more precise strategy on the way in which it has been working with the business sector. The corporate integrity courses should be the door to move forward with longer-term plans to influence the sector. It is recommended to structure a strategic intervention plan with the sector, defining new lines of work and current and future intervention priorities.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

The Project has already designed a strategic intervention plan to ensure the instalment of long-term corporate integrity capacities in the private sector. This strategy consists in the follow up of the replication of corporate integrity courses, currently conducted by the business chambers and Local Anti-corruption Systems to MSMEs.

In this regard, the Project is providing close accompaniment to the replicators and providing technical inputs and advice when needed.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implementation of strategic intervention plan to provide technical support in the replication of corporate integrity courses.
[Added: 2022/01/17] [Last Updated: 2022/06/13]
-Project´s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit 2022/08 Not Initiated The following activities will be conducted: 1) Develop a strategy to support the implementation of the train- the- trainers at the local level through the Executive Secretariats of the Local Anti-corruption Systems, MSMEs and business chambers in selected States. 2) Develop a strategy to support the implementation of integrity tools in MSMEs. 3) Coach Executive Secretariats and CPCs of the Local Anti-corruption Systems, MSMEs and business chambers in selected States to replicate the course. 4) Coach selected MSMEs for the implementation of Corporate integrity policies, tools and systems, according to the targets of the Project. History
7. Recommendation:

It is important that the project team continue working on developing virtual tools and courses that can be used by various people, groups or organizations both nationally and internationally. The quality of these materials and the assessment made by the participants indicate that not only can a lot be learned through these types of initiatives, but also mobilize other actors to action. The project team should share these materials with the other sector programs of UNDP Mexico, so that these materials can be used in other agency interventions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/01/17]

Virtual tools and courses will still be developed during the Project’s extension. Specifically, the following products will be elaborated:

  1. Ethics and Integrity for public servants at the sub-national level (virtual)
  2. Technological tool to enhance the implementation of the Corruption Risks Assessment Model.

Both tools will be shared with government agencies at both, national and sub-national level, and will provide them with a handful instruments to prevent and counter corruption.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Design and implementation out of the new “Ethics and Integrity for public servants at the sub-national level” course.
[Added: 2022/01/17]
-Project’s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit 2022/08 Initiated The project will design a virtual course to train public servants, at the subnational level, on ethics and Integrity. The course will be implemented in the following staes: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Coahuila, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Sonora, and Zacatecas. Particularly. The target audiences will be public servants from the following oversight institutions: • State Comptrollers • State Superior Audits • Local Anticorruption Systems History
Design of a technological tool to enhance the implementation of the Corruption Risks Assessment Model
[Added: 2022/01/17]
-Project’s Coordination. -Effective Governance and Democracy Unit 2022/08 Not Initiated During the first two years of the Project, the team developed the first Corruption Risks Assessment Model in Mexico. This innovative tool aims to reduce the occurrence of acts of corruption and to contribute to the identification and adoption of corruption prevention practices in the public sector. To strengthen the implementation of the Model, the Project will develop a technological tool that allows the visualization of the analysis carried out by the implementers of the Model, both civil society and public servants. Particularly: a) The chain of processes that exists in a certain sector, and the vulnerable areas identified. b) The relationships that exist between the actors involved in the process, and the possible risks that may arise in their interaction. c) The controls established at each stage of the process, in order to permanently monitor their effectiveness. The visualization of the corruption risk analysis will make it easier for actors unfamiliar with the processes to understand the identified risk areas, the actors who can commit acts of corruption, and the controls established for their mitigation. This tool will complement the existing methodology, contributing to the communication of the findings and the monitoring of the established controls, improving their appropriation and sustainability.

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