The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said Uganda has embraced evidenced based evaluations for policy making to ensure that government policies are relevant and effective.
He said evaluation is important to government because it enables sharing of knowledge and response to the increasing demand for evidence based policy making.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while officiating at the opening of the 7th Uganda Evaluation week organized under the theme “From Evidence Generation to Utilization” at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday.
The 7th Uganda Evaluation week, is an international platform which brings together policy makers, government officials, civil society, academia, development partners, Monitoring and Evaluation practitioners and the private sector to share evaluation experiences.
It also aims to engage participants in activities that develop and strengthen the evaluation function of participating countries.
The Premier said the government is committed to developing evaluative approaches that will allow holistic assessment of performance since evaluation is key in the successful implementation of government programs.
“Evaluation is a backbone of the 2030 Agenda which emphasizes ‘follow up and review’ processes at national and global level. It is emphasized in the 2030 Agenda that stimulating important knowledge gathering and learning processes has very concrete and tangible value for improving efficiency and effectiveness of planning and implementation,” Rugunda said.
He added that evaluation is crucial for driving meaningful multi-stakeholder partnerships, observing that for countries to make significant strides in development, there is need for knowledge on what works and what does not work.
The Premier however, noted that there is shortage of information on the effectiveness of government actions which is significantly limiting measurement of the cost and quality of services being delivered to citizens, and thus tasked evaluators to guide on how best the government can take advantage of their full potential.
The Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, said evaluation is important for generating evidence based research on how service delivery can be enhanced in the country.
“Over the past years, Uganda has been through a change process seeking to enhance service delivery. Evaluation is therefore crucial to get evidence to make service delivery more accessible to the people,” Minister Karooro said.
The President of Uganda Evaluation Association, Dr. Albert Byamugisha, highlighted that the aim of the Association which was founded in 2002, is to promote monitoring and evaluation practice and use, through advocacy and capacity building partnerships among development actors for result orient development.
He noted that the association has made a number of achievements including establishment of two University chatters and training programs among others.
However, Dr. Byamugisha stressed that the Association still faces challenges of funding and called for support in this regard.
The funding partners of the event spearheaded by International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, Twende Mbele and Campbell Collaboration among others pledged to support and strengthen monitoring systems in the country.
Individuals were also recognized and awarded for their role in the field of evaluation.
The event attracted participants from African countries and Evaluation networks from around the world.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
BY DOREEN NASASIRA