UNDP Iran organized the second Results-Based Management (RBM) workshop which interpreted the planning features and steps in the new management approach. It also introduced different planning tools such as results chain, results matrix, the monitoring and evaluation program and the risks matrix. One of the most important factors on achieving the objectives of a result-based program or project is comprehensive planning which would be feasible through cooperation and participation of all stake holders. Such an approach will effect monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems positively and increase the possibility to achieve the desired results.
The workshop conducted with 22 participants including the managers and experts of the government, NDMO, UNESCO, UNDP and also, different environmental and natural resources projects.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Ali Farzin, UNDP Program Specialist and Head of Cluster, who asserted that RBM is a reverse engineering. In RBM, the result is the base of our works and activities. He emphasized the importance of indicators as the base of planning and the way to determine them in different types of planning. He assured the participants that the next workshop programs will be based on the chapters of the “RBM booklet” published UNDG, edition 2011.
Then. Mr. Majid Bahrami, the Admin Assistant for MENARID and SLWM int’l projects and the workshop facilitator, gave a brief background on RBM and also reviewed the first RBM workshop’s contents and results. Then he countinued by defining the results at different levels (output, outcome and impact). He also presented two important RBM planning tools: Results Chain and Results Matrix.
Dr. Aghazade, university instructor and UNDP consultant, explained the difference between some important terms such as testing, assessment, measurement, monitoring and evaluation and gave their translation in Farsi.
As for work groups, participants were divided into two groups brain storming on a single issue based on bottom-up and top-down approaches.
The result of the workshop was that participants had a new experience on planning; because planning on bottom-up and top-down approaches has its own features and practicing these two methods on one single subject simultaneously, then comparing the results based on a results chain, provided then with a worthwhile recognition about planning concepts. The workshop made all participants come to this common understanding that how different types of planning could affect achieving the intended results. More importantly they experienced that the participatory planning could increase the quality of the planning and will results in more comprehensive programme or plan to implement.
This was the second of ten such workshops to be held over the next few months.