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MEDIUM-TERM EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT “ENABLING RESPONSIVE, COHERENT AND INCLUSIVE SUPPORT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”
Commissioning Unit: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 01/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Decide on the Project Modality

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. Taking into account the intent of the recommendations and given the modalities now available, the team will change the structure of the project going forward through the following actions: 

·        Ensure that the projects - MAPS, Fragility – are linked together as a portfolio, to be managed jointly with the Project Board elevated to a portfolio board

·        For the remaining outputs 1-5, reformulate them into 3 outputs (i) Data, Follow-up and Review; (ii) Research, Tools, Capacity Building; (iii) MAPS Engagements

·        Keep Output 8 (on Fragility) as a separate project, rather than integrating it into the MAPS proje

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
1.1 Revise Project Documents
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/10 Completed The Project Initiation Plan was approved in January 2020. History
1.2 PAC and sign ProDocs
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG Integrator 2020/06 Completed The SDGi Engagement Facility was completed and approved in June 2020. History
2. Recommendation:

Address the wide scope of the Project

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The recommendation to narrow the scope of the Project has already been addressed by the actions taken for recommendation 1.

·        Keep Output 8 (on Fragility) as a separate project, rather than integrating it into the MAPS project;

For the remaining outputs 1-5, reformulate them into 3 outputs (i) Data, Follow-up and Review; (ii) Research, Tools, Capacity Building; (iii) MAPS Engagements

Key Actions:

3. Recommendation:

Upgrade the Theory of Change

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The project team is upgrading the Theory of Change

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
3.1 Upgrade Theory of Change
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG Integrator 2020/06 Completed The Engagement Facility was designed on the basis of a light ToC/results framework including 3 Key Outputs that together enable UNDP to deliver integrated development advisory services to countries. History
4. Recommendation:

Change the Results Framework

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The new results framework will reflect the new organization of Outputs, thereby addressing the fragmentation across and within its outputs to improve overall coherence and alignment.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
4.1 Change Results framework
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG Integrator 2019/10 No Longer Applicable [Justification: Given the new direction of the global initiative to be an Engagement Facility, the previously reviewed results framework is no longer applicable.]
History
5. Recommendation:

Improve Value Propositions and how those are communicated

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Acknowledge. The evaluation already notes the considerable value-add of the MAPS project. The recommendation to further improve the value proposition of the Project is only feasible under the conditions where Recommendations 1-3 are satisfied and can come as a natural progress through taking action on recommendations 1-3.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
5.1 Develop new Theory of Change
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG integrator 2020/06 Completed The Engagement Facility was designed on the basis of a light ToC/results framework including 3 Key Outputs that together enable UNDP to deliver integrated development advisory services to countries History
5.2. Develop new project document
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG integrator 2020/06 Completed The SDGi Engagement Facility was approved in June 2020. History
5.3 Discuss improved value proposition with Project team
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/10 Completed SDG Integration Service Offer developed and made available within the GPN. To be refined on an ongoing basis as part of the yearly corporate work planning. History
6. Recommendation:

Improve key business processes and the overall operating system

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Acknowledge. The overall business model of the Global Policy Network is being developed. As the Project now sits within the new SDG Integrator team as part of the GPN, once the overall business model is developed, the Project will align its business model to the overall as a strategy moving forward. The project will change to the portfolio modality.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
6.1 Align with GPN business model
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Completed SDGI portfolio fully aligned with GPN Business Model/Plan as presented to the GPN Governance Board in November 2019. History
6.2 Implement Portfolio Modality
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG integrator 2020/06 Completed The approved Engagement Facility encompasses the key workstreams within the SDGi portfolio. History
7. Recommendation:

Improve the financial model

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. The new Project Document has revised the budget to be more realistic. At the same time, the team will develop a resource mobilization strategy to improve the financial model, in line with the rearticulated value proposition.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
7.2 Develop Resource Mobilization Strategy
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2021/01/04]
SDG integrator 2021/04 Overdue-Initiated RM targets have been established for 2021 and the RM strategy is being re-visited as a result of COVID-19 impact - to be updated in Q1 2021. History
7.1 Revise budget in Project Document
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/08 Completed Budget under ongoing global project has been updated and reflects 2020 workplan. History
8. Recommendation:

Structure the support and systematize the toolkit

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Accept. This recommendation refers to the development of a menu of services that could be accompanied by mapping country requests, needs and contexts and organizing them into alternative paths. Once the revised Project Document has been approved, a menu of services on what the Project can offer will take shape through the development of e-learning modules for capacity building.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
8.1 Develop e-learning models that serve as toolkit for the project and beyond
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/02/05]
SDG integrator 2019/12 Completed Models have been completed and are available at Yammer but limited at this juncture to internal usage only, for pilot testing. History

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