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Final Evaluation for the Communitry Resilience & Development Programme for Area C & Eest Jerusalem
Commissioning Unit: Palestine
Evaluation Plan: 2012-2017
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 10/2017
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Palestine
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Recommendations for All (1) -

Recognize the CRDP as a true partnership between the Palestinian Authority (PA), donors, UNDP and other international and local stakeholders, including ‘beneficiaries’. On that basis, the Evaluation team believes that it is important to recognize both the accomplishments and the weaknesses of the Programme so far, and take equal responsibility for what has worked well and produced good results and what has not worked well. The stakes are extremely high for Area C and East Jerusalem (EJ) and for Palestine.  It is worth striving to consolidate what has been achieved in the first phase of the CRDP.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2017/12/15]

UNDP continues to consolidate lessons learnt including achievements and weaknesses of CRDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Conduct focus group meetings with beneficiaries and stakeholders.
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
CRDP Programme Management Unit (PMU) 2017/12 Completed Two meetings were conducted: 1. On 19 December in Tubas 2. On 21 December in Qalqilia The discussions were conducted to gather beneficiaries’ feedback regarding the following four topics: - Projects impact upon beneficiaries. - Sustainability of projects results - Challenges during implementation including coordination and partnership modalities - Beneficiaries’ recommendations for development priorities in the clusters. History
1.2 Conduct desk review for reports submitted from implementing partners.
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2017/12/28]
CRDP PMU 2017/12 Completed The desk reviews has been done during November / December 2017 totaling 40 reports. History
2. Recommendation:

Recommendations for All (2)

Proceed immediately with the establishment of the Steering Committee, initially envisaged to provide policy direction (in annual meetings), and maintain the RB as an oversight body for the delivery of the Programme (in quarterly meetings). In addition, ensure separation of powers between the two bodies. Furthermore, the roles and decision-making powers of each party must be clarified and agreed, so as to ensure that all decisions are made in a joint and transparent manner. The PA’s strategic directions, as stipulated in national strategies, must be the main point of reference for decision-making on Area C and EJ

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP will establish a steering committee for a new programme but not for the CRDP.  In a meeting with CRDP donors in September 2017, challenges of establishing a steering committee were expressed and thus UNDP will rather integrate the evaluation recommendation in a new programme. 

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Recommendations for All (3)

Analyze thoroughly the lessons from CRDP I and determine, through answers to the following questions, what the next phase should be:

  • Objectives/focus: Should the same broad objectives be maintained or reformulated into more selective and time-bound resilience elements?
  • Pre-conditions: Is it realistic to envisage sustainable development activities, so long as progress towards the two-state solution is stalled?
  • Size: CRDP I received about USD 25 million. Should the size at least double for another five-year implementation period?
  • Content: Should the Programme be an activity-based “small-grants programme” or should it aim at larger multi-year community-based development projects? What should be CRDP’s comparative advantage, as compared to other donor-supported programmes?
  • Operating modalities: Under what arrangements with UNDP/PAPP should the PMU continue? Should there be implementation partners (IPs), and what kind? What is the best organizational arrangement to implement the Programme?
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP is going to develop a new programme targeting Are C and East Jerusalem based on recommendations from the CRDP final evaluation and lessons learnt.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Create a task force for this purpose
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Senior Management 2017/09 Completed
3.2 Develop a concept note in consultation with the Government of Palestine
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Advisory Team 2017/11 Completed
3.3 Hold consultative meetings/workshops
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Advisory Team 2018/03 Completed The actions involve the governmental counter partners which we don't have a control over in terms of time and availability. As a result, we would like to extend the deadline by the end of March to give more time to ensure the implementation of this key action without exercising any kind of pressure on the government especially during this busy time of the year. History
3.4. Finalize a new project document to share with all stakeholders
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Advisory Team 2018/03 Completed This action is related to 3.3 key action. The actions involve the governmental counter partners which we don't have a control over in terms of time and availability. As a result, we would like to extend the deadline by the end of March to give more time to ensure the implementation of this key action without exercising any kind of pressure on the government especially during this busy time of the year. History
4. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (1)

Clarify roles between UNDP and the PMU so that the PMU is empowered to be accountable for delivering a quality programme in full compliance with UNDP quality standards.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

Roles and responsibilities have been clearly spelled out in the CRDP project document and a further clarification of programme level quality assurance and project implementation will be done in writing.  UNDP will ensure implementation of the proposed management relationships between UNDP and PMU as spelled out in the project document.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Develop a TOR of programme level quality assurance
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Governance and Social Development Team 2017/09 Completed History
1.2 Clarify with the CRDP programme manager on the functions and responsibilities when there is any unclarity
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Governance and Social Development Team 2017/12 Completed
5. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (2)

Facilitate adequate staffing, top quality training and mentoring of PMU staff currently in place, particularly the M&E staff, so that the Results and Resources Framework (RRF) can be revised with an effective hierarchy of results, outcomes, and impact indicators, and the methodology, which informs these indicators, can be designed and adopted (Systematic before-and-after interviews with beneficiaries would be a significant improvement and is an example of a better methodology that employs well-tested M&E tools).

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

Recommendation on staffing, filling all vacant posts has been completed in August 2017.  Revisit of RRF in October 2017 is too late considering all programmatic activities will end by December 2017.  Data and evidence collections not only at the output level but at the outcome level will be reviewed and reflected in the CRDP completion report.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
2.1 Collect data and evidences at outcome and output levels as a part of CRDP closure
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
CRDP PMU 2018/03 Completed Compiled and listed in the draft final report. Report will be included as an attachment when final and submitted to the donor. History
6. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (3)

Engage proactively in knowledge dissemination with all stakeholders in Palestine to improve project/activity design, and provide documentation that donors and other stakeholders can use to mobilize their electorates to advocate for their governments to continue or start engaging in the CRDP.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP agrees with the recommendations. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1. Compile knowledge products
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
CRDP PMU 2018/03 Completed Compiled and listed in the draft final report. Report will be included as an attachment when final and submitted to the donor. History
3.2. Share knowledge products with various online means (e.g. UNDP website, UNDP communication mailing list, UN communication mailing list etc.)
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Governance and Social Development Team, UNDP Communication Team 2018/03 Completed Initiated from January 2018 - Shared and listed in the draft final report along with the links. Report will be included as an attachment when final and submitted to the donor. History
7. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (4)

Prepare with the PMU and the Government of Palestine a proposal document based on the critical lessons learned from CRDP I. This Project Document should include a review and documentation of lessons learned to inform the next phase of the CRDP.  It should also include an implementation structure and implementation modalities with clear objective criteria against which oversight can be performed and evaluated, including existing UNDP transparency and accountability measures in the selection of project/activities and implementation partners.  Capacity building of the Palestinian governmental institutions should remain a core objective for the long-term sustainability of the Programme outcomes and impacts.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP agrees with the recommendation and prepare a proposal document together with the PMU and the Government of Palestine.  The focus of the proposal document will be clarified in line with evaluation recommendation issue 1. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Create a task force for this purpose
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Senior Management 2017/09 Completed
4.2 Develop a concept note in consultation with the Government of Palestine
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Advisory Team 2017/11 Completed History
4.3 Hold consultative meetings/workshops
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Advisory Unit 2018/03 Completed The actions involve the governmental counter partners which we don't have a control over in terms of time and availability. As a result, we would like to extend the deadline by the end of March to give more time to ensure the implementation of this key action without exercising any kind of pressure on the government especially during this busy time of the year. History
4.4. Finalize a new project document
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Advisory Unit 2018/03 Completed This key action is related to 4.3 key action - The actions involve the governmental counter partners which we don't have a control over in terms of time and availability. As a result, we would like to extend the deadline by the end of March to give more time to ensure the implementation of this key action without exercising any kind of pressure on the government especially during this busy time of the year. History
8. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (5)

Support the PA in convening a donor conference chaired by the PM, both to lead harmonization of policy interventions in Area C and EJ and assisting the PA in raising funds for CRDP II.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP agrees with this recommendation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Develop a concept note and agenda of a donor conference
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2019/04/02]
UNDP Programme Unit(s) and Advisory Unit 2019/02 Completed PPF submitted as final draft and waiting for feedback from HQ. Action still need time so postponed until Oct. 2018. The action is related to the finalization of PAPP programmatic framework. which still work in progress. The first draft was submitted to the HUB for review and now working on filling the baselines and targets. PPF is now under finalization. Update: PPF still under approval. Update April 2 2019 - Developed and will be shared as final on ERC after Senior Management Approval. History
5.2 Hold a donor conference in supporting the Government for resource mobilization for a new programme in Area C and East Jerusalem
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2019/04/02]
UNDP Programme Unit(s) and Advisory Unit 2019/05 Initiated The conference will be held on April 12, 2018 Update: the conference was not held on April as was planned. Negotiation still ongoing with both the PMO and the RC/HC on how to best organize next steps given its introduction as a pilot country platform. We anticipate that the negotiations will conclude very soon and October is deemed best time for holding the conference. Update: Due to the recent unforeseen changes in the Prime Minister Office, it was not possible to hold the conference in October and it is anticipated to be held in the first Quarter of 2019. Update April 2, 2019 - Still not confirmed but might be held before May 2019. History
9. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (6)

Clarify roles between UNDP and the PMU so that the PMU is empowered to be accountable for delivering a quality programme in full compliance with UNDP quality standards.

Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

Roles and responsibilities have been clearly spelled out in the CRDP project document and a further clarification of programme level quality assurance and project implementation will be done in writing.  UNDP will ensure implementation of the proposed management relationships between UNDP and PMU as spelled out in the project document.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Consolidate CRDP’s lessons learnt and knowledge products to inform a new programme in Area C and East Jerusalem
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
CRDP PMU 2018/03 Completed Compiled and listed in the draft final report. Report will be included as an attachment when final and submitted to the donor. History
10. Recommendation:

Recommendations for UNDP (7)

Engage in communications on the results of the CRDP, and advocacy based on results on the ground from CRDP implementation, with and through the UN, for the benefit of two-state solution.  These include:

  • Detail its 2017 work-programme with dated performance/output indicators.
  • Complete the PMU staffing proposal for submission to UNDP/PAPP.
  • Strengthen the financial management function to ensure consistency and timeliness of financial reporting.
  • Increase networking with other specialized UN agencies and other development actors through the UN Cluster System, in order to identify potential cooperation and complementarity.
  • Document project and Programme-level indicator, capable of measuring beneficiary responses to, and perceptions of, Programme investments related to increasing resilience.
Management Response: [Added: 2017/12/15]

UNDP agrees with the recommendations.  Recommendation of advocacy messages based on results on the ground from CRDP implementation will be developed while actual advocacy will be followed up by a new programme.  Recommendation on staffing, filling all vacant posts has been completed in August 2017. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.1 Update a communication plan and develop recommendations for advocacy, which can be followed up by a new programme in Area C and East Jerusalem.
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
CRDP PMU UNDP Communication Team 2018/03 Completed Done but still on draft. Will upload when finalized and shared. History
7.2 Review and document project-level indicators
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
CRDP PMU 2018/03 Completed Compiled and listed in the draft final report. Report will be included as an attachment when final and submitted to the donor. History
7.3 Strengthen networking with other UN agencies and other development actors
[Added: 2017/12/15] [Last Updated: 2018/03/29]
UNDP Programme Unit(s) and Advisory Unit 2018/03 Completed History
7.4 Strengthen programme level quality assurance to ensure consistency and timeliness of financial reporting
[Added: 2017/12/15]
UNDP Governance and Social Development Team 2017/09 Completed

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