Evaluation is the rigorous, evidence based collection of information about a programme and its outcomes that determines its success. Evaluation studies provide information for use in improving programmes, identifying lessons learned and enabling managers to make informed decisions and plan strategically.
Evaluation of capacity development interventions can inform the direction for the next phase of capacity development activities. Both during and following implementation efforts, evaluations should inform the implementation process and provide input to further capacity development planning.
The following points should be considered when evaluating a capacity development intervention.
The Government and UNDP partnered to strengthen the capacity of the national PRs to improve implementation of Global Fund programmes. An assessment in 2007 by the Global Fund Office of Inspector General had found weaknesses in programme management that led to the imposition of restrictions by the Global Fund on the existing grants.
The MOH and UNDP developed a project to provide capacity development support to the national PRs to meet performance targets, which included trainings for managerial and finance staff, and national certifications in the areas of procurement, human resource management and behavioural analysis. In addition, UNDP provided mentoring and assistance for the preparation of key grant documents, and conducted a capacity gap assessment of all PRs in the core areas of financial management, procurement supply management, M&E and programme management. Within two years an evaluation of the progress ensured that the grants moved from being under performing to high performing.