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Enhancing Dialogue and Trust Building in Armenia
Commissioning Unit: Armenia
Evaluation Plan: 2010-2015
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2012
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Armenia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation: UNDP pioneered a discourse on social cohesion in Armenia. Given specific mandate of UNDP, the momentum should be build by continuous efforts to promote SC understanding and mainstreaming.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To mainstream Social Cohesion in UNDP programming
[Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2014/05/14]
CO, DG Portfolio 2014/12 Completed
2. Recommendation: When publishing the SC Survey Report, UNDP could consider publishing a brief Executive Summary as well, which could be couple of pages long and would include some recommendations. This brief document could be used to easily communicate SC understanding to lager group of stakeholders.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Executive summary is prepared and included in the final report
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio, Project 2013/12 Completed
3. Recommendation: Existing networks are to be broadly utilized to promote further discussion on social cohesion. The ideas and approaches of SC should be broadly spread and discussed with other development agencies, international organization and CSOs. This would help to build common understanding on related issues and consolidate resources (both human and material) for further joint efforts. UNDP can approach this audience both on individual bases and in the form of group events. Early discussions could be held on very specific selected issues. A specific issue can be determined to pilot this effort and build success. Specific discussion with targeted stakeholders on various levels on issues related to SC might be another asset in building stakeholder understanding.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
This is in process including through social media tools (Facebook)
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio, Project No due date No deadline established
4. Recommendation: Working with and involving Media in the SC discourse could be considered as priority to spread understanding of SC and promote relevant concepts. At this point the media involvement could be made more informal (lunch discussions, media training, talk-shows, etc.). Online media should be considered as another priority channel to promote the concepts. Involving social media, bloggers, local leaders to expand the discourse and to make people talk about this could be another strategy adopted. Another idea for developing practices of using the survey data by media sources, a contest could be launched for Media to cover SC related issues. A broad public discussion could be built on this initiative.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted with reservation; in absence of a dedicated media project this recommendation can be implemented in the frame of the CO communication strategy

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
To develop a work plan on promoting the SC concept through the media
[Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2016/11/29]
Project 2016/12 Completed Addressed within the framework of the Women in Local Democracy Project implemented from 2012. The project included a standalone component of work with the media promoting women's participation in decision-making at local level. History
5. Recommendation: UNDP can work to develop synergy among various ministries. Though, this effort should be carefully designed to ensure that diverse mandates, priorities and interests are carefully considered.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted with reservations: to that end UNDP should work at the level of strategic policy documents, ,e.g., National Sustainable Development Programme or post 2015 agenda

Key Actions:

6. Recommendation: Mainstreaming the SC approaches and prism into UNDP other projects might be another advocacy strategy selected. Specific set of indicators to measure SC mainstreaming in the UNDP project can be developed and promoted.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The SC approaches and prism are mainstreamed into UNDP DG Portfolio projects starting from end of 2011.
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio No due date No deadline established
7. Recommendation: UNDP already started planning efforts for promoting the usage of the existing SC database and creating analytical evidence-base for policy implications, UNDP can dedicate some resources or build partnership to provide funding for small research project. These small researches projects can be promoted via the Youth/Research Centers or Academic Institutions. The small research projects would focus on finding answers to ?what to do and how to develop the aspects identified in the survey?. Based on the small researches elaborated above, a broader discussion could be facilitated, youth or other thematic conferences could be organized.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The follow up researches and discussions are planned in the framework of the Youth Studies Center to be established through the Support to the Establishment of the Youth Studies Center Project implemented by UNDP with DGTTF funding.
[Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2014/05/14]
DG Portfolio 2014/05 No Longer Applicable Through consultations with the national counterparts, the prioritization of research topics for Youth Research Center changed to: i) Youth Independent Index, ii)Youth employment, and iii) Mapping of Youth Organizations.
8. Recommendation: To make SC discussion a part of broad political discourse, UNDP should consider launching an initiative to work with Political Parties. More specifically this idea could be tailored to upcoming LSG and Presidential elections.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted with reservation in view of the overall sensitivity of electoral processes; UNDP?s view is that promotion of the concept of SC can be most efficient in-between the elections.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Revisit this recommendation after the presidential elections scheduled for February 2013
[Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2014/05/14]
No due date No deadline established 1) Not applicable for Political Parties. 2) Idea was discussed at the Local Self-Governance level e.g., at the LSG Annual National forums and gatherings of 2012 and 2013. UNDP is promoting the concept of social cohesion at the high level forums related to local governance reforms.
9. Recommendation: UNDP could consider using the SC project outcomes and recommendations produced to develop new products and projects incorporated into the community development and building participatory processes at various levels. A community development initiative could be launched (in partnership with UNDP Socio-Economic Portfolio). Pilot communities can be selected to test SC development approaches, some pilot projects can be developed and implemented within broad partnership among SCO and Government entities. The connection should be made obvious on how community budget development is connected to improving SC situation in the community. When the correlation of sense of belonging and community budget is made obvious, this kind of pilot project could become a great success.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1 The results were already used in Live Armenia, Women in Local Democracy and Support to Establishment of the Youth Studies Center projects. Also, the Community Development Project of the Socio-Economic Governance Portfolio as well as the Live Armenia Project of DG Portfolio are both connected with community issues, community budget development and joint implementation of community projects.
[Added: 2014/05/09] [Last Updated: 2014/05/14]
DG and EG Portfolios 2014/05 No Longer Applicable Due to limited Country Office resources
10. Recommendation: While a legislative package to promote participation is being developed by the MTA, that is a right momentum to continue providing support to MTA, and to develop a tailored mechanism to measure SC on community level based on the reporting and data generated on LSG level by MTA regional centers (marzpetarans). A small project could be launched to develop this mechanism for MTA. The recommendations elaborated in the SC Survey Report could be tailored to support MTA: some specific recommendations could be developed on what should be changed (a step-by-step guidance for MTA). UNDP DG portfolio could initiate developing smart indicators for its projects to measure influence on Social Cohesion whenever it is possible.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The CO will discuss with the Regional Service Center a possibility to develop for the Ministry of Territorial Administration a user-friendly indicator on Social Cohesion disaggregated by regions
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio, MTA, RSC No due date No deadline established
11. Recommendation: Given the importance of tracking changes in the SC field, UNDP could allocate or develop through partnership some resources for another survey to be conducted in 3 years down the road.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
At this stage the CO has tentatively planned to conduct another survey in 2014 to reflect the findings in post 2015 national development agenda
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio, Country Office No due date No deadline established
12. Recommendation: UNDP should continue practicing elaboration on expectation when developing and communicating a TOR. This will generate advance understanding among potential or selected implementers on specifics of UNDP vision and expectations. Some feedback was received that TORs could have been more specific.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Not accepted, since to prepare the ToR of this first -ever research on SC in Armenia the DG Portfolio conducted a comprehensive research/ desk review of similar initiatives and also held a round of extensive consultations with the counterparts from UN agencies, government and civil society

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13. Recommendation: Practicing Advisory Board for such research projects proved to be an efficient practice. Although, DG might want to reconsider approaches of forming AB to ensure best possible incorporation of external expertise. Likewise, international experts could have been brought on board from the very beginning of similar innovative projects.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Accepted

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Advisory Board approach will be applied in other projects as deemed necessary
[Added: 2014/05/09]
DG Portfolio No due date No deadline established
14. Recommendation: UNDP should continue promoting and deepen State ? SCO partnership on different levels of project implementation. That would greatly contribute to development of social cohesion practices.
Management Response: [Added: 2014/05/09]

Agreed with the proposed approach which is at heart of UNDP mandate and UNDP continuously promotes active collaboration and dialogue between the CSO and the State in all projects

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