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Formative Evaluation of UNGEI. Findings and Selected Recommendations Presentation to UNGEI GAC 14 February 2012. Objectives of the Evaluation. Establish a base line for UNGEI to measure future results

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formative evaluation of ungei

Formative Evaluation of UNGEI

Findings and Selected Recommendations

Presentation to UNGEI GAC

14 February 2012

objectives of the evaluation
Objectives of the Evaluation
  • Establish a base line for UNGEI to measure future results
  • Establish to what extent UNGEI partnerships are achieving their intended outcomes in:
    • Policy and advocacy for girls’ education and gender equality
    • Good practice identification and dissemination
    • Building strong partnerships at country level
overall conclusions
Overall conclusions
  • UNGEI has established itself as a recognized partnership, globally, and in selected regions and countries
  • It has made important progresstowards achieving its intended outcomes, with various degrees of success across outcome areas and regions
overall conclusions cont
Overall conclusions (cont.)
  • The goals for which UNGEI was established continue to be valid and important, but remaining challenges are more complex and will require a targeted and strategic advocacy agenda
  • UNGEI has areas of strengths and added value which should allow it to continue to influence the girls’ education and gender equality agenda in the coming years
at country level
At country level
  • UNGEI is unique in that it has left a footprint at country level– something which is often a considerable challenge for global partnerships
  • At country level UNGEI partnerships with varying characteristics have been established in 33 countries
  • The country partnerships have goals which mirror those of the global partnership, underscoring the relevance of UNGEI’s agenda
  • Less than half of the 33 countries have an UNGEI partnership in place that meets the three criteria for determining if a partnership has been formalized
at country level cont
At country level (cont.)
  • The degree of success in the three outcome areas of UNGEI varies across country partnerships. UNGEI could be more effective in strengthening:
    • Partnership management
    • Building capacity
    • Monitoring and evaluation
regional level
Regional level
  • The regional UNGEI focal points have provided a valuable link between the different levels of UNGEI
  • In the EAPR UNGEI has:
    • Strengthened coordination of regional partners
    • Produced high quality products
    • But it is not clear what influence this has had on countries in the region
  • In the other regions UNGEI has not been successful in establishing regional partnerships
  • In these regions UNGEI has played a very modest role in regional policy and advocacy, and efforts have been more focused on the country level
global level
Global level
  • UNGEI has played a prominent advocacy role for girls’ education and gender equality in selected fora. However, it should sharpen its agenda to be more effective
  • UNGEI has also constituted a valuable mechanism for coordination among its members, but needs to attract other constituencies/organizations
  • UNGEI has produced selected recognized resources but stakeholders would like to see UNGEI play a more cutting edge/reference role
global level cont
Global level (cont.)
  • Areas highlighted for attention include:
    • Developing a sharper advocacy agenda of UNGEI
    • Clarifying operational decision-making between the GAC and the Secretariat
    • Strengthening the technical capacity of UNGEI
    • Reinforcing the GAC’s understanding of the country level
    • Reviewing the membership of the partnership and strengthening institutional commitment by partners
outcome 1 at global level
Outcome 1 – At global level

At global level:

  • Make policy advocacy the main priority for UNGEI future endeavors at global level
  • Adopt a focused agenda of policy advocacy priorities
  • Commission an evidence-based external study of key priorities in policy advocacy for girls’ education and gender equality
  • Establish an advisory/guidance panel on policy advocacy as part of its organizational structure
outcome 1 at regional and country level
Outcome 1 – At regional and country level

At regional level:

  • Continue the focus on advocacy in the UNGEI-EAP region in accordance with the revised priority agenda for UNGEI at global level
  • Develop structures and outreach to influence policy dialogue and decision-making at country level

At country level:

  • Focus on capacity building and partnership strengthening
outcome 2 at global level
Outcome 2 – At global level
  • Develop a plan of priority activities and publications around good practice that is aligned with the proposed medium term agenda for UNGEI
  • Review and strengthen strategies for engaging with the academic communityto develop a tighter view of good practice and allow this to inform UNGEI’s priority setting and quality assurance function
  • Systematically define targets and track impact of a sample of UNGEI’s publications/collaborative work
outcome 2 at regional and country levels
Outcome 2 – At regional and country levels

In the EAP region:

  • Envision a much wider and more aggressive distribution/outreach in order to have an impact
  • Target the products of these studies at higher level policy eventsfor more effective influencing
  • Develop a strategy to more effectively use partner structures and outreach for policy dialogue at country level

At the country level:

  • Share the findings from the lesson learning in good practices by developing a practical guideline for country partnerships and actors to identifying, synthesizing and disseminating good practice
outcome 3 at global level
Outcome 3 – At global level
  • Expand the capacity of the Secretariat with an additional full time staff member
  • Review the membership of GAC and deliberately recruit a small number of country level members
  • Put in place clear institutional directives for institutions to be involved in the GAC
  • Review the TOR for UNGEI structures (GAC, Co-Chairs, Secretariat)
  • Review with UNICEF whether there are mechanisms which would make it possible for the GAC to have better insight into the annual budget and expenditure for UNGEI as an input into decision-making
outcome 3 at regional level
Outcome 3 – At regional level
  • Negotiate with UNICEF that RFPs should devote a substantial portion of their time to the RFP role (> 50%)
  • Develop multi-year strategic plans for the regions
  • Prioritize a focus on the country level, and in particular on strengthening country partnerships
  • Put in place mechanisms for knowledge sharing and dissemination between RFPs and country FPs
outcome 3 at country level
Outcome 3 – At country level
  • Undertake a study to identify strategies and mechanisms for strengthening the existing partnerships
  • Develop a prioritized capacity building plan for partnerships and members at country level
  • Identify specific strategies for advocating and securing stronger national involvement and leadership in UNGEI
  • Conduct selected country situation analyses of the factors determining the disparities among girls and boys
  • Conduct a further analysis of the funding situation and options for funding country level partnerships
  • Prioritize continued work on strengthening the monitoring and evaluation of UNGEI’s operations
what do you think
What do youthink?
  • How well does this evaluation capture your experience of the partnership?
  • What surprised or concerned you about the image the evaluation presents of UNGEI?
  • What do you think are the most important messages coming from the evaluation?
  • Do you agree with the overall conclusions?
  • How do you think we should introduce this to the wider community?