The United Nations Organization (UN) has declared 2015 as Evaluation Year (Eval Year) during which each UN member-country is expected to undertake activities to mark the occasion, with a focus on highlighting the relevance of evaluation in policy management and ensuring better development results.


Accordingly, Ghana has decided to use the occasion to launch a major campaign towards strengthening the environment for evaluation by developing a National Evaluation Policy.


The campaign will also include Media and Publicity events (Media and Policy Dialogues) for public discussion and debate on the relevance of evaluation in policy-making and management and for ensuring better development outcomes, and the relevance of a National Evaluation Policy.


Other activities lined up to mark Eval Year 2015 in Ghana are the National Launch of Eval Year 2015, which took place in Accra, yesterday, and three regional forums on Evaluation in Tamale, Kumasi and Takoradi.


Delivering the key note address at the launch, Prof. Stephen Adei, former Rector, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), noted that Evaluation was subsumed under Monitoring, a situation he described as the biggest challenge to an effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system, adding that a good evaluation system went beyond monitoring.


Prof Adei said a good evaluation system was necessary for Ghana’s advancement from  the current lower middle-income level to a real middle-income level and lauded the 10-year framework and joint agenda for M&E.


He, therefore, called for the establishment of a Policy Evaluation Oversight Unit at the Presidency while stressing the need to build the capacity of evaluators and make evaluation an integral part of the governance system.


In a statement to launch Eval Year 2015, the Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, said development results should reach the people and that could only be facilitated by an effective M&E system.


Hon. Bagbin lauded the efforts of NDPC in vigorously promoting the demand and use of Evaluation as a tool for national development and pledged the support of Parliament to those efforts.


Ms Christine Evans-Klock, United Nations (UN) Resident Representative in Ghana, who delivered a statement on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, said M&E was a governance tool for socio-economic and democratic development and stressed the need for the involvement of citizens


In an address to welcome participants, Mrs Dede Bedu-Addo, Co-ordinator, Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum (GMEF), said the Dialogue was a first step towards the development of a National Policy on Evaluation.


Dr Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), in his opening remarks, said Eval Year 2015 created the opportunity for Ghana to promote demand and use of evaluation in policy-making among government, civil society organizations and Parliamentarians.


The launch of Eval Year 2015, which took place on the theme: “Strengthening Evaluation for Better Development Results in Ghana.


It was organized by the Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation Forum (GMEF) in collaboration with NDPC, United Nations Children’s Fund (UINICEF), Africa Evaluation Association (AfrEA) and the United Nations Development Programme.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

Created: 03 July 2015
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