The Global Programme is committed to creating a more streamlined approach to monitoring and evaluation efforts across country-level projects in order to better assess needs and impact. Key to this will be the development and implementation of project-level monitoring frameworks based on data-driven analysis rather than anecdotal evidence or solely qualitative assessment. The Global Programme seeks to ensure that political economy analysis exercises are carried out on outset of each new project (and on an ad hoc basis as relevant) to assess how actors’ incentives and/or constraints will shape the likelihood of programme success. Additionally, the development of a standardized approach to identifying baselines prior to project implementation and mechanisms to guarantee mid-term and end-of-phase assessments to inform way forward is sought after.
To move this agenda forward, UNDP is partnering with ISSAT to build a coherent and comprehensive evidence base for UNDP’s Global Programme through a series of country-level evaluations culminating in a global findings report, upon which flexible guidelines for strategic monitoring of country-level projects can be based. The evaluations will follow a uniform methodology – albeit adapted to country contexts - and will critically assess the project’s implementation and monitoring efforts and/or the country office’s broader rule of law efforts (e.g. a combination of projects within the rule of law, justice, security and human rights portfolio, including joint work with other UN entities). The development of monitoring guidelines will help UNDP practitioners in the project development or renewal phase to create monitoring framework’s that are grounded in the country-context and speak to project-specific objectives but are also clearly linked to the Global Programme’s Theory of Change and Results Framework. The development and use of these guidelines, along with the consistency of the evaluations and synthesis of the findings, will enable UNDP to better assess the impact of the Global Programme as a whole and adjust programming accordingly.