Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) is pleased to announce the commencement of the Evaluation of UNICEF’s Country Programme in Serbia 2016-2020. This evaluation will provide accountability to UNICEF, donors, the Government of Serbia, communities and rights-holders with respect to Country Programme results that are measurable at the time of the evaluation. It will also assess whether UNICEF is Fit-for-Purpose and strategically well positioned to respond to national needs.
The overall goal of the country program is to support the efforts of Serbia to promote and protect the rights of all children and to give all children equal opportunities to reach their full potential. The country program focuses on supporting vulnerable children from the very start of life and enhancing the social welfare system’s capacity to prevent vulnerable families from falling below the poverty line. UNICEF developed its Country Programme Document (CPD) jointly with Government partners for the period 2016-2020, and was designed to be aligned with key Government strategies notably the EU accession process, the SDGs, and the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2014-207. The CPD 2016-2020 is to a large extent a continuation of strategies endorsed by the previous country programme and the comprehensive Mid-Term Review conducted in 2013.
Over the course of six months, I4DI’s expert team of evaluators will use a theory-based approach with lines of inquiry structured along a set of standard OECD-DAC criteria to assess the strategic positioning, relevance and added value of the totality of UNICEF’s portfolio in the Republic of Serbia given the changing operational context and national needs. The evaluation will also look at efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and estimated impact vis-a-vis planned results within the current programme cycle, and it will draw out lessons learnt. Furthermore, it will assess progress towards expected results including UNICEF’s contribution towards national development results and reduction of equity gaps.
The evaluation design includes mixed methods methodology to collect data from a wide range of stakeholders and partners including but not limited to UNICEF staff at country, regional and global levels; the Government of Serbia (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of EU Integration, Minstry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Sports etc.); independent institutions (Ombudsman, Commissioner for Protection of Equality etc.); civil society organisations; representatives of UNICEF’s main resource partners and rights-holders.
The primary intended audience of this evaluation is the UNICEF team in Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Serbia (including relevant line ministries and state bodies). Other relevant audiences include partner UN agencies under the joint umbrella of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, independent bodies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), international financial institutions and key donors including the European Union.