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Integrated approach for resilience and food security mid- term evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Ethiopia
Evaluation Plan: 2017-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Ethiopia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 1: Carry out a revision/clarification of Project Results Framework Indicators, Baseline and Targets:

This includes a). revision of existing indicators/baseline/ targets (clearer language, quantitative baselines, consistent parameters, remove duplication, etc.), b). inclusion of clear and quantifiable GEB and FS impact indicators for each outcome. It is recommended this revision is completed by no later than end of 1st Quarter 2020.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
revision of existing indicators/baseline/ targets (clearer language, quantitative baselines, consistent parameters, remove duplication, etc.), b). Inclusion of clear and quantifiable GEB and FS impact indicators for each outcome
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/08/03]
PMU + UNDP 2020/03 Completed completed History
2. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 2: Strengthen Project  monitoring and assessment of GEB and FS impacts in the field and levels of replication:

It is recommended that internal project site monitoring that incorporates impact data (including controls), and measures of replication is developed by no later than end of 1st Quarter 2020. Some suggested activities and methodologies for achieving this is provided in the annex. This monitoring and assessment could be further enhanced through support to relevant targeted Action Research activities by national/regional academic institutions.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare PES procedure manual
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/09/04]
PMU 2021/12 Initiated History
3. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 3: Midterm Planning to consolidate initiated activities and Move forward with so far uninitiated ones

Multiyear Planning at this stage (mid-term) to ensure that all remaining aspects of project implementation are rolled out in the most feasibly way possible in the remaining period of the project duration will be critical to avoiding potential problems. Thus, the preparation of an updated internal multi-year workplan until the project EoP is recommended in 1st Quarter of 2020

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Following through and functionally establish the web-based GIS monitoring system in a meaningful way
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed completed History
Initiating in a timely manner the Outputs and activities so far not started such as: PES, insurance, Vital Signs monitoring landscapes system, etc.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed completed History
4. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 4: Trouble shooting Implementation barriers in challenging Project sites (Agropastoral) and Learning from initial experience / beneficiaries feedback:

It is recommended that at this mid-point in implementation, and in consultation with the EFCC Commission, the project needs to assess the progress and barriers faced in the agropastoral project sites and identify either ways to try and overcome those, or pragmatic adjustment of expectation / targets in these specific sites. In addition, it is recommended that Project Coordinators in each Woreda undertake a quick review with local partners and beneficiaries of the experience gained during the initial 2 years of the project and the practical lessons learned in terms improving efficiency of the further roll-out of activities during the remaining 2 years of the project. It is recommended this is done during 1st Quarter of 2020 - Any decisions in this regard can then be incorporated into the updated multiyear workplan (see above).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project Coordinators in each Woreda undertake a quick review with local partners and beneficiaries of the experience gained during the initial 2 years of the project and the practical lessons learned in terms improving efficiency of the further roll-out of activities during the remaining 2 years of the project.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU and woredas 2020/12 Completed completed History
5. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 5 : Enhancing Impact of the School Clubs:

As described in report text, the MTR team has some concerns on both the sustainability and impact of the school clubs, particularly in terms of what real incentive exists for the members. It is recommended that to enhance both the awareness/knowledge impact and the motivation of members, the project should introduce the addition of “Field trips” – a). to areas within the Woreda that show LD issues in practice and project initiatives to address them, b). to other project sites to experience other agroecological zones and situations. Planning for this needs to be incorporated into 2020 annual work planning and budget.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
It is recommended that to enhance both the awareness/knowledge impact and the motivation of members, the project should introduce the addition of “Field trips” – a). to areas within the Woreda that show LD issues in practice and project initiatives to address them, b). to other project sites to experience other agroecological zones and situations. Planning for this needs to be incorporated into 2020 annual work planning and budget.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
6. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 6: Additional Support to Practical Research on high land tree species adaption and cultivation in the Highlands

It is recommended that the project focus more resources to this objective, including seeking practical expertise and knowhow in this regard, particularly within East Africa (notably Kenya).

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

This is not the mandate of the project. However the project will support any initiative to increase the number of adaptable and economically important tree species in the high lands.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project will support the initiative of Debrebirhan University and Angollela Tera woreda in conducting the action research to get adaptive tree species in the high lands
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
7. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 7: Planning in advance the Strategy and Actions Needed to effectively Communicate Project Achievements and advocating ILM approach (as applied by the project) – I.e. A Communication and Replication Plan:

It is strongly recommended that a strategy and plan for achieving this in the final 18/12 months of the project is developed (by end of 2020) and relevant activities added to the project work planning in 2021.

Recruitment of Project Communications and Advocacy Officer:

The above additional activities bring with them additional workload and the need for skill set/experience not currently available in the project. For this reason, it is recommended the project recruit a national Communications and Advocacy Officer to take direct responsibility for the overall implementation of activities and to provide support and guidance to Woreda Field Coordinators on this aspect. Ideally this officer should be recruited before preparation of the “Communication and Replication Plan” and his/her initial task would be to help in its preparation i.e. recruitment recommended mid2020.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The project has to review and document lessons learned to advocate the project ILM Model to the government or other donors as an effective approach for future sustainable rural development. This is a key need if the project is to meet its targets in terms of leveraged finances from donors, and if the projects experience is to significantly influence future government policy and programs.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
UNDP EFCCC ,PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History
8. Recommendation:

Evaluation Recommendation or Issue 8: UNDP Ethiopia to apply and Advocate the ILM Model (as applied by the Project) in other Environmental and Rural Development contexts:

As highlighted in the report, the ILM approach/model as applied by the project is applicable to a wide range of natural resource use management contexts irrespective if their primary focus is environmental (as in case of GEF projects) or sustainable rural development, etc. Thus, it is recommended that the ILM approach/model is adopted into the UNDP Ethiopia “tool-box” and applied wherever relevant in other projects and programs in the future.

Management Response: [Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2021/01/28]

Agreed

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
ILM approach/model as applied by the project is applicable to a wide range of natural resource use management contexts irrespective if their primary focus is environmental (as in case of GEF projects) or sustainable rural development, etc. Thus, it is recommended that the ILM approach/model is adopted into the UNDP Ethiopia “tool-box” and applied wherever relevant in other projects and programs in the future.
[Added: 2020/04/22] [Last Updated: 2020/11/15]
UNDP and PMU 2020/12 Completed Completed History

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