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Regional Centers for Results Based Management and Evaluation Capacity Development A Multilateral Initiative October 29, 2008. Context: The Demand for Evaluation Knowledge is Increasing. Policy and budget reforms in OECD and developing countries

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Regional Centers for Results Based Management and Evaluation Capacity Development

A Multilateral Initiative

October 29, 2008


Context: The Demand for Evaluation Knowledge is Increasing

  • Policy and budget reforms in OECD and developing countries
    • Decentralization, PRSP monitoring, results-based budgeting
    • Transparency and accountability
    • Demand for results and evaluation information relevant for public-sector decision-making
  • Paris Declaration
    • Managing for results
    • Mutual accountability
    • Accra Agenda for Action emphasis on use of country systems

Both underscore the need for in-country capacity and systems for monitoring and evaluation

the need for evaluation capacity support is increasing
The Need for Evaluation Capacity Support is Increasing
  • Partner Countries are expressing the need for a range of support in results-based management and evaluation
    • Sharing of international experience and country examples on approaches to results-based management
    • Evaluation knowledge and implications for policies and programs
    • Detailed advice on building country evaluation systems
    • Results monitoring and evaluation skills development
    • Financialsupport for stand-alone monitoring and evaluation operations
the supply of evaluation training is inadequate
The Supply of Evaluation Training is Inadequate
  • Current supply is mostly limited to:
    • Formal training programs
    • Short-term standard programs
    • Expensive international programs
    • M&E network initiatives in regions, but need for more support
  • There is demand for:
    • In-service and applied programs tailored to specific regional and country needs
    • Cost-effective and scaleable options reaching a variety of audiences
      • parliaments, public sector agencies, civil society
    • Training and knowledge-sharing for practitioners and policy-makers
    • Range of training and learning modalities
    • Training of trainers
the initiative regional centers for rbm and evaluation capacity development
The Initiative: Regional Centers for RBM and Evaluation Capacity Development
  • Establish a multilateral partnership to strengthen the capacity of existing academic or training institutions
    • Start with one center (one institution or a consortium of institutions) each in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
    • Possible expansion within regions and to other regions in later years
  • Help regional centers provide demand-based RBM and evaluation capacity development services for:
    • Generating performance information
    • Using performance information for improved decision-making
      • through a variety of customized training and advisory activities
why independent evaluation group
Why Independent Evaluation Group?
  • In-depth evaluation knowledge
  • Experience across regions
  • Convening power
  • Mandate for evaluation capacity development
ieg experience in evaluation capacity development
IEG Experience in Evaluation Capacity Development
  • International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET, since 2001)
    • Annual four-week program in Canada in collaboration with Carleton Univ.
    • Over 1500 participants from more than 100 countries
  • Shanghai International Program for Development Evaluation Training (SHIPDET, since 2007)
    • Regional and national program with Asia Pacific Finance Center, in collaboration with the Asia Development Bank
  • Direct support for country-driven results-based management and monitoring and evaluation
  • IPDET on an on-demand, country basis

Additional flexible, localized, and customized approaches are required to complement these efforts

benefits of a regional approach
Benefits of a Regional Approach
  • Relevance
    • Attention to country context and language requirements
  • Cost-effectiveness
    • Local services cost less than external services
  • Scaleable
    • Several regional countries/areas participate in one center; train-the-trainer models
  • Flexible
    • On-going peer-to-peer learning
  • Regional synergies on measuring results
    • Collaboration with initiatives such as statistical capacity building, managing for development results communities of practice, and impact evaluations
  • Donor coordination and reduced fragmentation
program modalities and content
Program Modalities and Content
  • Modalities
    • Long- and short-term courses and workshops
    • E-learning tools
    • Targeted technical assistance
    • Peer-learning forums and sharing of experiences
    • Communities of practice
  • Content
    • Technical topics – ranging from monitoring to results-based-budgeting
    • Evaluation findings and applications for policy and programs
    • Design and use of results monitoring and evaluation systems
expectations from various partners
Expectations from Various Partners
  • Expectations from host governments and institutions
    • Government (MoF, Planning or Evaluation Agency) commitment
    • Specific demand for evaluation capacity development
    • Host institution’s regional outreach, recognition, and experience
    • Potential to draw participants from neighboring countries at low cost
    • Contributions (in-kind and financial) from host government and regional centers
  • Expectations from WBG and other development agencies
    • Three to five years of financial support
    • Technical assistance (including sharing expertise, experience, and materials from existing programs such as IPDET and SHIPDET)
    • Catalytic and brokering role for channeling demand
    • Advice and co-branding of the training and knowledge products
governance structure
Governance Structure
  • Advisory Board
    • Set broad policy directions and goals of the initiative
  • Steering Committee
    • Set strategy and specific goals
    • Solicit and review proposals from institutions
    • Review work program and commission evaluations
  • Executive Committee
    • Oversee work program implementation
    • Quality assurance
  • Secretariat
    • Day-to-day functioning of the partnership
funding strategy
Funding Strategy
  • Expected funding needs of approximately $7 million per year :
    • $1-2 M per year from 2-3 donors
    • $250 - $500K per year from 3-5 donors
    • $1600K from multilateral partners
    • $825K per year from Bank’s development grant facility (first three years)
    • $600K per year from Bank units
    • In-kind contributions from institutions/host governments
    • Income from M&E services (generated by centers)
  • Total expected funding needs of about $35 million for 5 years
where is the process now
Where is the Process Now?
  • Proposal presented at Accra High Level Forum
  • Ongoing discussions with national authorities and academic institutions
  • Ongoing discussions with bilateral and multilateral agencies
  • Identifying potential partners and options for collaboration – a preliminary list is ready
  • Apply for the Development Grant Facility in December
  • Finalizing key issues
    • Selection of regional centers – based on rigorous criteria
    • Funding and operating mechanisms
    • Governance mechanisms
    • Sustainability
we welcome your suggestions thank you

We welcome your suggestionsThank you