CLEAR STRATEGY (2013 - 2018)
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) defined a set of development targets to be achieved by 2015. Although a number of targets had been met by 2012, such as reducing extreme poverty by half, it is “not a time to relax,” noted Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations. More than half billion people still face the challenge of poverty.
Recent years have seen a rapid increase in the need and demand for evidence-based programs and policies to drive effective and equitable development. This need and demand have revealed serious gaps in partner countries’ capacity to generate evidence based on robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance management (PM) and to use that evidence for decisionmaking to achieve development results.
But capacity development is not easily achieved. It requires sustained, adaptable, and innovative approaches to fill the gaps in capacity and address the factors that constrain the use of that capacity.
CLEAR (Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results), a multilateral partnership, was established in 2010 to strengthen a network of recognized regional academic institutions to lead sustained and innovative M&E and PM capacity-building in partner countries.
CLEAR’s strategy encompasses two main principles:
- dynamic learning-by-doing and experimentation to inform continuous refinement and testing
- integration of global standards and knowledge with context-specific know-how and practical implementation
CLEAR’s original strategy and charter were developed in 2010 and the strategy is updated here in 2013, maintaining the two principles. This updated strategy reflects experiences and lessons from the first three years of on-the-ground implementation, incorporates the ideas of the institutions participating in the program, and takes into account the rapidly changing context for M&E/PM supply and demand – more active communities of practice in M&E/PM, international academic institutions and programs engaged in research and capacity building, and greater national and international emphasis not just on monitoring but also on evaluation using a variety of approaches.
The updated strategy thus reflects an evolving understanding of how CLEAR can be better positioned achieve its objectives.