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DFID UNDP SPI MTR
Commissioning Unit: Viet Nam
Evaluation Plan: 2006-2011
Evaluation Type: Others
Completion Date: 04/2007
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Viet Nam
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: Monitoring and Evaluation: Remaining SPI funds should be used to establish dedicated monitoring and evaluation capacity in the form of a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with sufficient resources to establish standalone monitoring mechanisms geared to assessing outcomes and impact of activities supported by the SPI. Consideration should be given to broadening the scope to cover all UNDP activities. The M&E mechanism should include retroactive establishment of baselines to the extent possible, the selection of indicators of performance, data collection and analysis. Support for monitoring and evaluation capacity should subsequently be taken over by successor funding arrangements for One UN.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
M&E team to be set up and fully function at 3 levels: - One UN M&E - Programme M&E - Project M&E MET staffed with one PO and one IUNV M&E training had been provided to UNDP programme staff Support has been initiated to work directly with projects on the strengthening of their results frameworl.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
DCD (P) 2009/07 Completed
2. Recommendation: The monitoring and evaluation facility should work closely with the joint UN Communications Unit to ensure that results are widely communicated - not just for the purpose of self-congratulation, but also for the purpose of advocacy.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Communication consultant had been recruited in October 2007 to find ways to better communicated results to the public and one output project had been selected as case study
[Added: 2009/07/29]
One UN Communication team 2009/07 Completed
3. Recommendation: Results Based Management: Management of the SPI should shift its focus rapidly away from inputs and activities to programme results. For this purpose, the Monitoring and Evaluation facility should rapidly analyse and better define the results already achieved under projects in Component A with a view to better understanding their implications for Viet Nam's future development as well as follow-up projects and activities required on the part of the UN system.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
M&E consultant had been recruited in October 2007 with the MEF framework for the SPI in place including results at output and outcome levels
[Added: 2009/07/29]
M&E team 2009/07 Completed
4. Recommendation: Governance: UNDP is the governance agency of the UN system at country level and governance is of central importance to future reforms in Viet Nam. Remaining funds should also be used to capacitate UNDP to fulfil its governance mandate within the framework of "One UN" through the provision of funds for bridge funding of two posts of governance advisers as part of a Governance Policy Unit reporting to the UNDP Country Director and the UN Representative in accordance with the recent report recommending a reorientation of UNDP's strategy in the area of governance. The Governance Policy Unit should subsequently be funded under successor funding arrangements for One UN
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Issue has been discussed with Government, who indicated strong inclination for the support to be provided from the One Plan Fund. Donors have also voiced strong interest in the policy advisors' positions to be sustained and OPF tp be used for that purpose. In December 08, the OPF Allocation committee approved of OPF resources.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CD 2009/07 Completed
5. Recommendation: One UN: Future funding should not only be assessed based upon whether it is supporting multiple agencies, but the extent to which it is supporting the key functions and mandates of constituent UN entities such as UNDP within One UN Programme. All capacity created (such as the Monitoring and Evaluation Facility and the Governance Policy Unit) should report not only to the UNDP Country Director, but also the UN Representative. DFID funding should support this principle.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
M&E and Policy advisors are now contributing actively to One UN programme work through PCGs and WGs
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CD 2009/07 Completed
6. Recommendation: An Upstream UNDP: For the remainder of its lifecycle, the SPI should be used to further reinforce UNDP's upstream role in cutting edge substantive dialogue and policy advocacy on issues of emerging importance in a rapidly transforming economic and institutional environment. The funding should focus on ensuring that the UNDP can respond nimbly with cutting-edge technical expertise to new priorities that arise as Viet Nam's growth and transformation accelerates. This focus should continue under successor arrangements.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Substantive dialogue and policy advocacy on issues of emerging importance in a rapidly transforming economic and institutional environment had been addressed by UNDP through publications made by Country Economic Unit like policy research paper on universal social security options for Viet Nam, reflected in Govt's the six-point response to the financial challenges, released in 2008.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CEU 2009/07 Completed
7. Recommendation: Advocacy Strategies: There is an urgent need to develop comprehensive advocacy strategies for each of the research studies in Component B to ensure that they have a chance of influencing public policy, the PRSC and donor programmes. Advocacy strategies need to be tailored for each study and the conclusions of the studies should be fully digested and propagated by all UNDP staff, most particularly the UNDP Country Director and the UN Representative in their interaction with influential Government and Party figures.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Research and policy notes have increasingly addressed structural reform issues, including sensitive ones. UNDP leadership is fully associated to this work, and leads the discussion with national partners at the highest level.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CEU 2009/07 Completed
8. Recommendation: Boosting Substantive Dialogue: More frequent discussions on particularly important policy conclusions of projects and research studies need to be instated. DFID, UNDP and the Government should all benefit from the discussion of substantive issues arising from the collaboration. Key substantive conclusions derived from projects and research activities should permeate the work of UNDP and the UN and needs to be sufficiently analysed and digested by programme staff at all levels and then used in their ongoing discussions and work in prioritisation of cooperation.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP has partnered with stakeholders including DFID to contribute to enhanced policy dialogue on key areas of importance for Vietnam. The policy papers that have resulted from this partnership have directly contributed to increased Government focus on social security, poverty assessment in large urban areas, industrial competitiveness and investment at the provincial level.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CEU 2009/07 Completed
9. Recommendation: Substantive Cross-Fertilisation: In the same vein, UNDP needs to pay more attention to ensuring that the research studies inform UNDP's own projects and programmes on a regular basis. There needs to be more substantive dialogue between units.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Substantive cross units projects and programmes are in place i.e CEU and Poverty cluster on social security..
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CEU/Poverty cluster 2009/07 Completed
10. Recommendation: Preserving a Strategic Edge: To remain strategic in the future, UNDP will need to capacitate itself to be to provide high level policy advice in a nimble and flexible manner as Viet Nam's transformation accelerates. This entails reducing the emphasis on traditional long-term technical assistance. The recruitment of governance policy advisers as already discussed between DFID and UNDP is part of this overall approach as should be the continued provision of funds for carefully targeted research studies within the context of well structured advocacy and outreach strategies. It is likely that such funding will need to be established under a successor funding arrangement that supports UNDP as part of the One UN.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is indeed UNDP Vietnam vision that has been articulated and is being implemented.
[Added: 2009/07/29]
DCD (P) 2009/07 Completed
11. Recommendation: Future DFID Funding: Current "budget support" to UNDP under the SPI should, over time, be folded into successor funding arrangements for One UN. To the extent that participating UN entities will continue to have distinct mandates, DFID funding should ensure continued support to UNDP's mandate outlined in its institutional strategy for UNDP. This includes UNDP's own capacity to fulfil its role. The approach embodied by the SPI - i.e. one of jointly funding multiple interventions should continue to be used.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP DFID SPI has set an example/model for the One UN funding. The One UN funding also continues the work covered by the DFID SPI
[Added: 2009/07/29]
CD 2009/07 Completed
12. Recommendation: Transaction Costs: The frequency of progress reporting on individual projects should be reduced. A single, detailed report, focusing on programme outcomes and impact should constitute the principal forum for substantive dialogue and the reorientation of priorities. The underlying agreement should be revised accordingly.
Management Response: [Added: 2009/07/29]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP and DFID agreed to follow reporting requirements of UNDP i.e quarterly reports, annual progress reports..
[Added: 2009/07/29]
M&E Programme Officer 2009/07 Completed

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