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Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) Research and Advocacy Programme mid-term review and management response

Summary of publication

This report presents the main findings of the mid-term review (MTR) of the “Viet Nam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index Research and Advocacy Programme” (also referred to as the PAPI Initiative), financed by Australia and Ireland, and implemented by UNDP. The MTR assessed the initiative’s achievements in terms of its relevance, effectiveness, coherence, efficiency, sustainability, and other cross-cutting themes, and provides recommendations for the PAPI team and UNDP for the further implementation of this initiative and the design of similar programmes in the future. The MTR methodology was based on mixed methods and involved the use of commonly applied evaluation tools such as documentary review, interviews, survey, information triangulation, analysis and synthesis. Field work and observation was conducted in three provinces by a national consultant in September 2023. The evaluation team also conducted interviews with project partners at the national and provincial level, civil society organizations, UNDP, project team, other UN agencies, representatives of Australia and Ireland, and other partners. An online survey was organized with all the members of the initiative’s Technical Advisory Board. The MTR generated a wealth of findings and several recommendations which are summarized in the rest of this section.

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UNDP Management Response

DFAT Management Response

DFAT notes that UNDP has agreed to all 12 recommendations of the Mid-Term Review. In several cases, UNDP has, over the history of implementing PAPI, made significant efforts that align with the recommendations demonstrating its commitment to similar improvements. DFAT appreciates UNDP’s willingness to expand and strengthen these program elements based on the Mid-Term Review.


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