Advancing the Culture of Monitoring and Evaluation in Northeastern Brazil

CLEAR Northeast Program brings governments closer together to expand monitoring and evaluation practices for public policies in the region

The Center for Learning in Evaluation and Results for Brazil and Lusophone Africa (FGV EESP CLEAR) has launched the CLEAR Northeast Program in partnership with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the Center for Integration of Data and Knowledge of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Cidacs-Fiocruz).

The initiative will contribute to advancing the culture of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public policies and programs in state governments and municipalities in Northeastern Brazil through a network of public administrations, universities, and social and private sector organizations dedicated to the topic and to support training activities and capacity building for M&E.

Brazilian teacher in the classroom

The launch took place on July 13 and 14, 2021, and brought together representatives of governments, universities, professionals working with M&E in the states of the region, and international organizations. The presentations focused on local experiences, discussing the challenges and opportunities to leverage the M&E culture both locally and regionally.

Quotations from the M&E Community: 

"That's just the beginning. This is our network’s first formal gathering. From here on, we will start working more closely together to promote a culture of evidence-based decision making, focusing on policies implemented in the Northeast," said André Portela, director of FGV EESP CLEAR and creator of the Clear Northeast Program.

Dugan Fraser, program manager of the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI), participated in the opening of the seminar. He explained the objectives of GEI, of which  FGV EESP CLEAR is a member, and expressed support for the new program. "We are excited that CLEAR has organized this launch and that it is so aligned with GEI's priorities," said Fraser.

Paulo César Miguez, vice-rector of UFBA, also participated in the opening ceremony. He welcomed the initiative: "When we have a program that proposes to work with evidence to ensure the best execution, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, I believe we set an example of the utmost importance for Brazilian society," he said.

Gervásio Santos, professor at UFBA and researcher at Cidacs-Fiocruz and one of the organizers of the CLEAR Northeast Program, spoke in more detail about the proposal, its target audience, and its planning. "It is possible to make information and experiences [of public policies in the region] more homogeneous, so that we can adopt the principle of evidence-based management in the Northeast region as a whole," he stressed.

Maria Fernanda Coelho, undersecretary of the Northeast Consortium, reinforced the need for public policy management to be based on evidence, especially given that Brazil is currently grappling with food insecurity and increasing poverty. “In light of our country’s needs, discussing public policies, evaluation and monitoring has become increasingly important. We hope that we can further expand good public policies for our region, our country and perhaps also work internationally”, said Coelho.