Uganda_ NSS Monitoring and Evaluation framework

The Example of Uganda

In collaboration with the main ministries, departments and agencies, the central statistical body of Uganda (Uganda Bureau of Statistics – UBOS) which co-ordinates the country’s NSS designed the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD) covering the five-year period 2007/2008 to 2011/2012. This plan aims to build statistical capacities to make the NSS more integrated, efficient, and credible.

A framework for monitoring and evaluation was put in place under the responsibility of the UBOS’s Directorate of Statistical Co-ordination and Services and with the support of a technical advisor. It is a plan that sets milestones for monitoring and evaluating the PNSD. It describes the activities to be undertaken and the results to be expected at each stage. The development of this framework was the result of a participatory process.

The design process began by defining Sector Strategic Plans for Statistics (SSPS), including one for UBOS, and continued with the construction of a complete matrix for monitoring and evaluation. This matrix describes the following main steps in the process of monitoring and evaluation: the intervention logic (vision, goals, results, activities), the issues raised by the monitoring and evaluation, the indicators to be measured, the information base to be gathered, data collection procedures, and how to use this information. The framework for monitoring and evaluation also includes sample forms to be filled in for these different steps.

For PNSD monitoring, the monitoring and evaluation framework schedules, at the ministry and agency level:
- monthly monitoring meetings organised by the Sector Statistics Committee;
- quarterly monitoring visits in ministries and agencies undertaken by the team responsible for monitoring-evaluation and composed of UBOS staff as well as ministries and agencies;
- quarterly meetings of the Inter Agency Committee;
- annual meetings to review the PNSD.