UNDP Iran organized the fourth Results-Based Management (RBM) workshop with focus on “Monitoring and Evaluation in RBM” in Tehran.
"Monitoring and Evaluation" are important tasks in the life of a program or project. "Monitoring" involves regular and systematic assessment based on participation, reflection, feedback, data collection, analysis of actual performance (using indicators) and regular reporting. "Evaluation" focuses on expected and achieved accomplishments, examining the results chain, processes, contextual factors of causality, in order to understand achievements or the lack of thereof.
The workshop conducted with 15 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 Mr. Majid Bahrami, the admin of Hable roud and MENARID projects as well as the organizer of the workshop who introduced the main subject of the fourth RBM workshop which was “Monitoring and Evaluation”.
Then Dr. Aghazade, university instructor and UNDP consultant, started his speech through a quote by Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living”. According to him monitoring is a regular and continuous procedure using the analytic qualitative and quantitative tools to gather data during the project in order to control the implementation. Evaluation is a systematic process to make the final decision. The term “evaluation” means finding the value of something that is essentially a final decision and not procedural analysis. Monitoring provides data for Evaluation. We make a judgment in evaluation.
Two of the participants presented two best practices in order that other attendees of the workshop analyze the results chain of these projects and consistency of their planning and implementing against RBM tools and frame work.
Then, Mr. Bahrami asked the participants to express their views about the necessity of applying RBM in different systems and its impact on project achievement. Also, Dr. Aghazade emphasized the strategic and cooperative aspects of RBM and mentioned that RBM is an inclusive concept which means that all the stakeholders, authorities and beneficiaries should be engaged in this procedure. At last, Dr. Farzin invited all the participants to reflect about the term “result” and its nature and its different types, so that they would have a clearer path to implement the projects based on RBM.
The fourth RBM workshop was held emphasizing on “monitoring and evaluation” and aimed at defining these two concepts, their nature, their relationship and significant role in achievement and failure of a program or project. On the other hand, as the fourth RBM workshop was the last workshop of these series in 2013, some of the participants were asked to explain their experiences of different projects in order that other attendees analyze their own understanding on RBM principles and frame work in a real situation. In addition, most of the participants believed that RBM and its tools are absolutely effective and applicable; and mentioned that the participatory planning for short-term, mid-term and long-term results has been a new and effective experience for them.