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Presentation of the state budgetary programme’s evaluation results

10 May 2016
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On 6 May, the Economic Development and Research Centre (EDRC) and Oxfam in Armeniapresented the evaluation results of ”Benefits to increase living standards of families” and ”Medical assistance services to socially vulnerable and special groups” budgetary programmes. The evaluation was done within the framework of the EU-funded ”Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project.
The event was mostly aimed at presenting the results of an independent evaluation of the two mentioned projects, making applicable conclusions and expanding on the suggestions received. The assessment of the budgetary programmes is aimed at raising public awareness of such projects, expanding discussions and dialogues, and encouraging policymakers within the framework of the programme’s efficiency development.
Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, attended the event and highlighted the importance of the CSOs’ participation in the reforms: ‘The EU is here to support the strategy of the Armenian government, to help them for the benefits of the Armenian citizens. We are supporting reforms in health, public finance management, education, etc. which means that we are supporting the key infrastructures. And the most important part is our support to civil society. What does it mean? How can we support civil society? We are working together with the communities and government to make sure that the strategy is in place, that the government has right and optimal strategy. What does it mean to have optimal strategy? It means to rank priorities, to decide and to do A before B because resources are limited. Then you have to monitor the strategy to see what the weak sides of it are. The role of the CSOs here is not only to criticise the government but to come, help, make sure that what has decided is the right thing and will efficiently be implemented’.
Margarita Hakobyan, Head of Oxfam Armenia, presented the aim of the assessment. ‘”Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia” project is financed by the EU and today we are here to introduce to you only one achievement of the project. Budget monitoring reports are developed based on two state budget programmes selected from the health and social protection sectors, funded by the Armenian government in 2015. Oxfam and EDRC involved at least 10 CSOs in selecting and producing high quality budget monitoring reports. The policy assessments were based on a sound methodology and systematic approach, and were carried out in cooperation which CSOs in both Yerevan and marzes. Reports highlight important pro-poor recommendations for respective line ministries’.
Most suggestions refer to budgetary project performance indicators, project management, monitoring and evaluation processes, as well as family vulnerability evaluation system elements. In particular, it was suggested to:
• Clarify the aim of the ”Benefits to increase living standards of families” programme by targeting the complete eradication of extreme poverty and an essential suspension of poverty;
• Revise the final outcome of the project and provide a direct link between the outcome indicators;
• Ensure a direct link between ”Benefits to increase living standards of families’’ and ”Medical assistance services to socially vulnerable and special groups” budgetary programmes, and to ensure consistent implementation of long-term strategies;
• Put additional efforts into discovering extremely poor and very poor families, inform them about the programmes and involve them by using support of local CSOs;
• Create mechanisms in public control investment and to provide continuous reporting of performances within the ”Benefits to increase living standards of families” programme, and to provide access to internal and external evaluation;
• Investigate the system of family poverty evaluation and prepare it for radical changes;
• Make practical proposals on families’ vulnerability assessment formula.

Presentation of the state budgetary programme’s evaluation results

On 6 May, the Economic Development and Research Centre (EDRC) and Oxfam in Armeniapresented the evaluation results of ''Benefits to increase living standards of families'' and ''Medical assistance services to socially vulnerable and special groups'' budgetary programmes. The evaluation was done within the framework of the EU-funded ''Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia'' project. The event was mostly aimed at presenting the results of an independent evaluation of the two mentioned projects, making applicable conclusions and expanding on the suggestions received. The assessment of the budgetary programmes is aimed at raising public awareness of such projects, expanding discussions and dialogues, and encouraging policymakers within the framework of the programme’s efficiency development. Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, attended the event and highlighted the importance of the CSOs' participation in the reforms: ‘The EU is here to support the strategy of the Armenian government, to help them for the benefits of the Armenian citizens. We are supporting reforms in health, public finance management, education, etc. which means that we are supporting the key infrastructures. And the most important part is our support to civil society. What does it mean? How can we support civil society? We are working together with the communities and government to make sure that the strategy is in place, that the government has right and optimal strategy. What does it mean to have optimal strategy? It means to rank priorities, to decide and to do A before B because resources are limited. Then you have to monitor the strategy to see what the weak sides of it are. The role of the CSOs here is not only to criticise the government but to come, help, make sure that what has decided is the right thing and will efficiently be implemented’. Margarita Hakobyan, Head of Oxfam Armenia, presented the aim of the assessment. ‘''Increasing civil society participation in national policy dialogue in Armenia'' project is financed by the EU and today we are here to introduce to you only one achievement of the project. Budget monitoring reports are developed based on two state budget programmes selected from the health and social protection sectors, funded by the Armenian government in 2015. Oxfam and EDRC involved at least 10 CSOs in selecting and producing high quality budget monitoring reports. The policy assessments were based on a sound methodology and systematic approach, and were carried out in cooperation which CSOs in both Yerevan and marzes. Reports highlight important pro-poor recommendations for respective line ministries’. Most suggestions refer to budgetary project performance indicators, project management, monitoring and evaluation processes, as well as family vulnerability evaluation system elements. In particular, it was suggested to: • Clarify the aim of the ''Benefits to increase living standards of families'' programme by targeting the complete eradication of extreme poverty and an essential suspension of poverty; • Revise the final outcome of the project and provide a direct link between the outcome indicators; • Ensure a direct link between ''Benefits to increase living standards of families’’ and ''Medical assistance services to socially vulnerable and special groups'' budgetary programmes, and to ensure consistent implementation of long-term strategies; • Put additional efforts into discovering extremely poor and very poor families, inform them about the programmes and involve them by using support of local CSOs; • Create mechanisms in public control investment and to provide continuous reporting of performances within the ''Benefits to increase living standards of families'' programme, and to provide access to internal and external evaluation; • Investigate the system of family poverty evaluation and prepare it for radical changes; • Make practical proposals on families' vulnerability assessment formula.