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Tracking the implementation of the Philippine development plan

UNDP / Philippines - Developing an evaluation portal to serve as a repository for government policies and materials, and information sharing platform for stakeholder accountability.

SDG 16 - Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

Project Detail

Background

To strengthen how the evaluations of priority government programs in the Philippines are conducted, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) - the independent agency responsible for economic development and planning in the Philippines, in partnership with UNDP, embarked on a project to develop a National Evaluation Portal. The purpose was to have a repository of all evaluation studies authorised by NEDA, other government agencies, and development partners. The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) takes into account inclusive and sustainable frameworks to protect Filipinos, ensure quality life, and provide jobs for economic development.

To successfully achieve this goal, NEDA endeavours to push for improved transparency and accountability in governance to fuel economic development. Through the strategic monitoring and evaluation project, a National Evaluation Portal was developed to help conduct evaluations, serve as a repository for government policies and materials, that will enable information sharing and evidence-based decision making, make development stakeholders accountable and foster a community of trust.

Solution

The design and development of the National Evaluation Portal was contracted to Bewsys by UNDP Philippines in partnership with NEDA. In providing the website design and development services for the National Evaluations Portal, the Bewsys consulting team assessed the needs of the stakeholders involved in the project which formed the basis for the features and functionalities considered for the design of the web portal.

The National Evaluation Portal was tailored based on the monitoring and evaluation, report generation, and the document library modules of the Bewsys e-Governance. The online-based management information system was created to feature learning resources such as online courses hosted both on the website and through curated links.

Open-source tools and technologies were also deployed to ensure different levels of access to content updates by both internal and public users. Public users were limited to viewing, downloading and commenting on the frameworks, guidelines, evaluation tools, and other resources on the web portal.

The portal was designed to ensure easy engagement with other evaluation practitioners and sharing of content through social media tools. To ensure that the Bewsys technical team delivered the envisioned functionalities of the portal, a prototype was developed and a pilot was conducted using open source web development tools. This accessed the usability of the National Evaluation Portal before it was handed over to the programmatic team.

Impact

The National Evaluation Portal has made evaluation tools and studies accessible to the public, and improved the efficiency and accountability of government agencies. According to NEDA, individuals and businesses that need government frontline services have become more satisfied with how they are served.

The benefits of evaluation tools are evident in economic growth and increased outcomes in the operations of locally owned businesses. With this portal, the Philippines government can assess performance for improvement in weaker government agencies and enhance a community of practice to dialogue and exchange knowledge.

The National Evaluation Portal contributes to the sustainable development goals, specifically promoting peaceful and strong institutions, by enabling evidence-based decision making.

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Testimonials

FAO

Working with Bewsys has been a tremendous journey. We have not reached our destination, but we are enjoying the ride. Although it was supposed to be a corporate function, at meetings, we built rapport and trust with the consultants, and at the same time, they enhanced efficiency and collaboration.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Proforest

Great service. I will recommend any day anytime.

USAID

The Bewsys team worked professionally on our assignment and sought to deliver our needs with great patience and creativity. They are reliable, competent and I recommend them for any assignment.Bewsys sure knows what it’s about. I’m particularly thrilled with the use of technology to accomplish tasks and also with the packaging of deliverables.

Chemonics

Very professional in their work, and client communication. I was really impressed with their ability to meet all their deliverable schedules, and above all submit a comprehensive user manual. Will recommend them to other projects.

UNDP Phillipines

Bewsys has been able to deliver what was expected based on the agreed timelines. The inception mission in the Philippines has been successful, and discussions with various stakeholders have been fruitful. Bewsys showed eagerness to know more about the unique requirements of the portal upon hearing it from firsthand users. They were able to accommodate various questions, comments, suggestions, and recommendations with different stakeholders, mostly from the government side, with each agency with unique requirements.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Bewsys staff are results-oriented and adapted a lot of tasks, and were flexible to ensure the solution they provided was the best. A feather in their cap!

Association of African Universities

There is a great need for digital systems development in Africa. I think it will be essential to continue supporting institutions such as Bewsys so they can do these jobs better. Also, we need to think about solutions that can be deployed quickly to support other institutions where there is a match in need.