Public Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Training (27th – 30th October 2015)

Conducted by: Mata’afa Dr. Desmond Amosa, Regional Advisor, Pacific Island Center of Public Administration (PICPA)

Policy Monitoring and Evaluation in the main, is about accountability and learning. The workshop in essence was a step by step guide on how to evaluate a policy within a government ministry for accountability and learning purposes.

Some common problems with evaluation processes across the Region were identified at the very beginning of the workshop, which are:

  1. Rarely any practice of policy evaluation with respect to policy outcomes (effects/benefits)
  2. Most focus of the evaluation process is on activities and outputs
  3. Where it is done – it is poorly conducted

      Output: represents the amount of work done, are the immediate results of activities, are products and services, and reflect a change in the supply of these products and services e.g. number of schools built, number of new curricula adopted…

      Outcome: represents the use or application of outputs. Outcomes reflect a program’s benefits e.g. improved learning among students….

The 4 days period training was a step by step guidance of the evaluation processes of a Policy which are as follow:

Policy Evaluation Steps

  1. Construct a Theory of Change
  1. Transforming the theory of Change to a Logic Model

Impacts         Outcomes         Outputs          Activities         Inputs

      Start with the Desired Impacts and work back to define process through which they will be achieved

  1. Formulating Target Indicators
  1. How would we know success or achievement when we see it?
  2. Are we moving towards achieving our desired outcome?
  1. Formulating Evaluation Questions
  1. Decide on the Evaluation Design
  1. Select Information Collection Tools
  1. Conduct Data Analysis
    1. Qualitative Analysis

      Best used for in – depth understanding of the intervention

  1. Quantitative Analysis

      Are numerical and analyzed with statistics

  1. Presenting the Findings

 “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results” – Milton Friedman

workshop attended : Ms Maile Tu'itavuki and Mr Pesalili Latu