MONİTORİNG AND EVALUATİON ACTİVİTİES

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Azerbaijan's experience in monitoring and evaluation was presented at the international event

  Azerbaijan's experience in monitoring and evaluation was presented at the international event.   The Center for Economic Reform Analysis and Communication (CAERC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organized a webinar on “The role of monitoring and evaluation in improving public management: Case of Azerbaijan” as part of the Global Evaluation Week. It should be noted that the traditional international event "Glocal Evaluation Week" will be held from May 31 to June 4 with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Evaluation Initiative. The main topic of discussion at the event was the role of monitoring and evaluation in overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the global community and economies.    Azerbaijan has also joined the initiative and shared the country's experience in building capacity in monitoring and evaluation to improve public administration. The meeting, co-chaired by Vusal Gasimli, Executive Director of the Center for Economic Reforms Analysis and Communication, and Alessandro Fracassetti, UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan, was attended by more than 400 international experts, government officials and media representatives in the field of monitoring and evaluation. At the event, Vusal Gasimli made a presentation entitled "The role of monitoring and evaluation in improving public management: Case of Azerbaijan" and informed the participants about Azerbaijan's successful economic and management reforms, the Center's activities as a monitoring and evaluation institute. He praised the role of development partners, UNDP, the World Bank and others in building an advanced national evaluation system in Azerbaijan in a very short time and thanked UNDP experts for their support in developing the M&E methodologies, monitoring and evaluating Strategic Roadmaps. Vusal Gasimli praised the technical support provided by UNDP in the preparation of the Center's Strategic Action Plan and stressed the importance of continuing cooperation with the UN Development Program in the field of monitoring and evaluation.    UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti informed participants on the existing potential for monitoring and evaluation in Azerbaijan, the creation of a legal framework and institutional building, the preparation and publication of monitoring and evaluation reports on strategic roadmaps, and the adoption of monitoring and evaluation regulations of state programs.He also spoke about UNDP's support for building monitoring and evaluation capacity in the country, the launch of other strategic development documents and government program reports, and the future development prospects of the monitoring and evaluation sector in Azerbaijan and the benefits of improving public administration. During the discussions, presentations of local and international experts were demonstrated and discussions were held with representatives of the international audience on Azerbaijan's experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation.
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"The Regulations of the Preparation, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of State Programs"

 "The Regulations  of the Preparation, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of State Programs"    was approved.   President Ilham Aliyev approved the Regulations of the Preparation, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of State Programs. The new regulations were developed in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On Amendments to the Charter of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication" dated July 13, 2016. According to the new regulations , the project development process will assess the main objectives and priorities of the country's socio-economic development, as well as the proposals of relevant agencies, world experience, interaction with other projects in relevant fields. The coordinating bodies appointed for the implementation of the state programs, provided for in the draft regulations , ensure that a single coordinating body controls the realization of each measure and sub-measure. With the approval of the new regulations, the approach to monitoring and evaluation is changing, both in terms of philosophy and methodology. Also, the process of transition from activity-based monitoring and evaluation to results-based monitoring and evaluation can be observed. It means that during the monitoring and evaluation, instead of the question "did they do it?" the relevant executive bodies will be asked the question “so what?". Thus, the assessment will cover not the work done, but the specific results and impacts of the measures taken. At the stage of preparation of state programs, specific indicators will be identified for subsequent monitoring and evaluation of work. These indicators will determine the extent to which problems have been resolved upon the implementation of the measures envisaged. During the monitoring and evaluation process, by defining initial baselines, it will be possible to carry out a comparative analysis of the situation before (ex-ante) and after (ex-post) implementation of measures. According to the new regulations, indicators designed for monitoring and evaluation should be classified into three stages: indicators of initial, intermediate, and final results. Such classification allows conducting monitoring and evaluation of the results expected from the implementation of programs regularly.     With the approval of the new regulations, questions for monitoring and evaluation will be categorized by efficiency, relevance, and rationality. Such an approach is considered an internationally accepted monitoring and evaluation methodology. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank use this methodology.
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The first results-based monitoring and evaluation of the "State Program for ensuring food safety in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2025 years" was carried out

The first results-based monitoring and evaluation of the "State Program for ensuring food safety in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2025 years" was carried out The Center for Analysıs of Economic Reforms and Communication (CAERC) of the Republic of Azerbaijan prepared a monitoring and evaluation report on the results of the implementation for 2019 of the "State Program for Ensuring Safety in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2025". We note that the implementation of the State Program in 2019 has been estimated at 84 percent over 44 indicators. It is first ever program with the highest implementation rate evaluated on the basis of results among the State Programs monitored and evaluated so far. It means that the evaluation was based on the results of works done but not on the activities implemented for each action (activity-based). Furthermore, the implementation rate for the Agency was set at 82% over 40 indicators. As part of the monitoring and evaluation of the State Program, the Center carried out evaluation of the following activities implemented in 2019 over 12 priority areas: improving regulatory framework in food safety, improving infrastructure, strengthening scientific support and human resources in the field of food safety, developing the scientific evidences- based risk analysis system, development of public-private partnership, introduction of up-to-date technologies and innovative solutions, development of international cooperation, raising awareness of people on food safety, promotion of healthy nutrition and protection of consumer rights, etc. The activities carried out in 2019 on 12 main priorities were evaluated. In general, 8 out of 12 targets planned for 2019 were achieved in full, while the remaining 4 were mostly achieved. AFSA and the Ministry of Agriculture are the government agencies responsible for main activities implemented. When developing the report, the Center examined global best practices and made use of achievements of the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, UN agencies and other international organizations in the area of result-based monitoring and evaluation. When developing results scheme in line with the implementation period of the State Program (2019-2025), the Center determined indicators concerning initial result, intermediate result and expected effects. The monitoring and evaluation of this program, the first ever large-scale result- oriented implementation and evaluation process has been developed in view of the recommendations of World Bank experts. The monitoring and evaluation, based on the above approach, was carried out using the initial output indicators of 2019.

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