MNPDC to conduct nationwide diagnostic study to further strengthen country’s M&E systems
The Ministry of National Planning and Development Coordination (MNPDC) will be conducting a nation-wide Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Analysis (MESA) diagnostic study, which is geared towards identifying and further strengthening Solomon Islands Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, processes and capacities.
Speaking at the opening of the MESA Advisory Committee Meeting, MNPDC Permanent Secretary (PS) Susan Sulu highlighted current limitations in our ability to monitor and evaluate for development effectiveness.
Ms. Sulu emphasised that even though we have the National Development Strategy (NDS) as the blueprint for sustainable development in the country, deficiencies in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) capacity, processes and systems hinder the effective monitoring and tracking of implementation of the NDS.
PS Sulu adds, the study is an initiative geared towards better understanding the MEL Ecosystem within the government machinery.
“The results of the study will inform the development of a MEL Capacity Development Plan which will be then used to guide systems and process improvements and capacity strengthening.”
The MESA Advisory Committee that met on Monday consists of Permanent Secretaries from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MICLI), Ministry of Public Service (MPS), Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Ministry of Finance and Treasury – Deputy Secretary Fiscal and the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister.
The MESA Advisory Committee met to discuss ways and provide necessary guidance and inputs that are useful for the roll out of the study.
Prior to the convening of the MESA Advisory Committee Meeting, MNPNDC undertook an inception exercise. The inception report preliminary findings highlighted a high level of interest in MESA but weak M&E work culture across the government.