In 2019, I4DI completed an evaluation of the UNICEF Serbia Country Programme 2016–2020 (CP), which was commissioned by the UNICEF Country Office in Serbia and managed from UNICEF’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.
The main objective of this formative evaluation was to critically assess the strategies applied in the current Country Programme (CP) against the standard evaluation criteria adopted by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, and impact. The evaluation also assessed the extent to which the CP design and the implementation have been fit-for-purpose, and whether equity, gender equality, and human rights-based approaches have been incorporated throughout. Furthermore, this evaluation assessed significant and promising interventions implemented throughout the current program cycle. The evaluation’s primary purpose was to inform the design and provide recommendations for the development of the new Country Programme Document (CPD) 2021–2025 between UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The evaluation will feed into the United Nations (UN) Development Partnership Framework (DPF) evaluation that will be carried out in the fall of 2019. The primary audiences of this evaluation refer to UNICEF’s CO in Serbia, the RO for Europe and Central Asia, the Government of Serbia, and other key UNICEF partners.
A mixed method methodology guided by the Norms and Standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group was utilized, and included” stakeholder mapping; context mapping; in-depth and structured document review and analysis of policy documents and legislative frameworks; analysis and testing of the reconstructed ToC; analysis of national and sub-national level data and M&E. A field study involved key informant interviews with 165 key informants, including government partners at national and subnational levels; representatives from the private sector and civil society; independent institutions; educational, social welfare, ECD, migration-related institutions and service providers; the UN; and the UNICEF Regional Office and a representative of the evaluation team for the home visiting evaluation.
The Evaluation of the UNICEF Country Programme 2016-2020, coming in the last trimester of the country programme cycle, will offer the opportunity to critically assess the strategies applied in the current Country Programme, identify their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and estimated impact in achieving planned results, and draw on lessons learnt. However, the weight of its intent is on learning and specifically, to inform the design and provide recommendations for the development of the new CPD 2021-2025 between UNICEF and the Government of the Republic of Serbia.