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1 Evaluating administrative and institutional capacity building
International Evaluation & Methodology Conference 6-7 May 2010 Budapest Anna Galazka European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Unit

2 Outline Rationale for the evaluation Purpose and evaluation questions
Analytical framework and methodology

3 What is administrative capacity?
“the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time” UNDP “the capacity to manage the complex processes and interactions that constitute a working political and economic system” World Bank

4 Rationale for the Evaluation

5 General aspects Importance of administrative capacity for the economy and for the people; Administrative and institutional reforms in the last 20 years; Role of the EU in the administrative capacity building.

6 ESF Regulation – the legal basis
Strengthening institutional capacity and the efficiency of: public administrations and public services at national, regional and local level; and, where relevant, of the social partners and non-governmental organisations, with a view to reforms, better regulation and good governance especially in the economic, employment, education, social, environmental and judicial fields.

7 Purpose of the Evaluation & Evaluation Questions

8 Purpose of the evaluation
To assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the ESF interventions in the administrative and institutional capacity building; To provide recommendations on the priority for programming period, particularly the role of the Commission.

9 Evaluation questions What was the context in which administrative and institutional capacity building interventions have taken place? What is the perceived impact of the EU pre-accession and ESF support to administrative and institutional capacity building in the Member States? How could a future ESF priority on administrative and institutional capacity building look like? - What could be the role of the Commission?

10 Analytical framework and methodology

11 Methodology step by step
Scoping analysis – identifying issues and interventions relevant for administrative capacity building – literature review Context analysis - inventory of administrative capacity building interventions in 10 MS - national reports Mapping of the relevant ESF interventions

12 Scoping – dimensions of administrative capacity building
Policy – organisational development legislation; management; cooperation. Human Resources – individual capacity development people; competences/skills; operating budget. Systems and tools - development of instruments, methods, guidelines, manuals, procedures, forms

13 Policy Management Cycle
Issues/ Interventions Capacity Policy Management Cycle Structures Human Resources Systems & tools Legislation Management Cooperation People Skills Budget Preparation Implementation Monitoring/ evaluation

14 Context analysis – problem factors in MS administrations
an inherited political culture weak structures and cooperation skills and competence gaps amongst civil servants

15 Mapping of ESF Administrative Capacity Building Activities
Types of activities Countries where this activity is implemented National (N) / Regional (R) / Local (L) Main indicator used Implementation of strategic plans and/or organisational development plans Romania Hungary Lithuania Greece N, R, L N, L N Number of administrative bodies affected by organisational development measures Activities to enhance modernisation of financial management Poland Number of institutions receiving support for performance-based budgeting

16 Example: Challenges to Human Resource Development Strategies in National Administrations
Can not be addressed by ESF interventions as presented in the OPs: Outdated strategy (RO); Lack of responsibility (RO); Lack of awareness on importance HR (RO). Can be addressed by ESF interventions as presented in the OPs: Lack of sound analysis for HRD development (BG); Lack of trained staff in HR departments (BG); Lack of integrated strategy (HU/SL/BG).

17 Difficulties for the evaluation
Lack of proper indicators Most of the capacity-building projects have just started Limited transparency, dependency from political decisions

18 Next steps Case studies - selected projects
Validation of findings through national focus groups Interviews with key experts from international organisations Developing recommendations Central workshop on the future role of ESF Final report planned for September 2010

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