Were are currently conducting the evaluation of the EU-funded project Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development (IPPMD) implemented by the OECD. The project’s goal was to provide policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors (i.e. labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health) and, how sectoral policies affect migration. The research focused on four dimensions of the migration cycle: emigration, remittances, return and immigration. Ten partner countries were involved: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the Philippines.
In the framework of the IPPMD final evaluation, we attended the first OECD Development Centre’s Policy Dialogue on migration and development held in Paris in October. In November, we conducted field missions in the Philippines and Georgia to meet with the project’s focal points at the government level, the local research partners, international organisations and relevant government agencies and civil society organisations.
In January 2016, Blomeyer & Sanz participated in a workshop organised by the Global Development Network (GDN) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop brought together research institutions and universities from Ethiopia, Bhutan, Vietnam and Cambodia in light of the GDN programme ‘Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries’. During three days, participants discussed programme activities, progress-made and the future of institutional capacity building in developing countries.
Blomeyer & Sanz was contracted by GDN to conduct the programme’s final evaluation and attended the workshop to reflect with the participants on the effectiveness and impact of the efforts made by the teams. More information on the workshop can be found here.
Blomeyer & Sanz is conducting an evaluation of the project “Promoting Dialogue for Democratic Reform in Haiti”. This project is an initiative of Club de Madrid with the financial support of the European Union. It aims at supporting Haitian leaders to overcome the current political challenges and, at the same time, promoting dialogue to address Haiti’s structural obstacles to democratic reform.
In light of this evaluation, a mission took place in Haiti in November 2015. During the mission, our evaluation team met with stakeholders involved in the project, including representatives from various international organizations (e.g. MINUSTAH, the UN Mission for stability in Haiti, and UNDP), embassies (e.g. Canada, United States of America, and Mexico), and the EU Delegation. The team also met with Haitian private sector stakeholders, civil society organizations and political leaders. In addition, two focus group meeting were organised with representatives from various NGOs and representatives from religious groups. The evaluation will be completed early January 2016.
In July 2014, Mike Beke (Blomeyer & Sanz) participated in a workshop hosted by the University of Trento (eCrime) and the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). The workshop presented the draft Integrated Anti-Corruption Enforcement Monitoring Toolkit developed in light of the MONAC project funded by the European Commission. Researchers from eCrime and CSD presented the toolkit’s methodology and pilot cases in Bulgaria and Italy. A group of external experts appointed to support the project provided feedback on the work and discussed further steps in its development.
The MONAC project (Monitoring Anti-Corruption in Europe: Bridging Policy Evaluation and Corruption Measurement) aims to develop a monitoring and evaluation system on anti-corruption measures in the EU Member States. The two-year project is coordinated by CSD and carried out in collaboration with eCrime. Mike Beke is member of the external expert panel and will continue to provide support during the course of the project. One additional workshop is scheduled for the end of 2014 in Brussels and one for the beginning of 2015 in Sofia.
The agenda of the meeting can be found here
. More details on the project can be found here
Our company (Blomeyer & Sanz) is supporting the Organization for Security and Co-operation with an evaluation of its assistance to OSCE Participating States in the area of capacity development for the destruction / storage of light weapons and small arms. The evaluation is delivered in cooperation with the Small Arms Survey (http://www.smallarmssurvey.org) and the Center for the Study of Democracy (http://www.csd.bg), and reviews the performance of assistance in line with the criteria of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability. The evaluation was launched with a meeting with the OSCE’s Office of Internal Oversight on 7 October 2014 and will be completed in January 2015.
More information can be found on http://www.blomeyer.eu. Source photo: OSCE/Igor Schimbator
On May 20, 2014, Mike Beke presented at the Bulgarian Association for Policy Evaluation (BAPE) in Sofia the work of Blomeyer & Sanz. The round table debate titled ‘Policy Evaluation in Europe: Market and Trends’ was organised by Vitosha Research and the Center for the Study of Democracy and was attended by public and private sector stakeholders, academia and civil society. Apart from presenting our work, we expressed our views on European policy evaluation. We highlighted the importance of evaluation in guiding EU decision-makers to review past performance and prepare future initiatives. The efforts of BAPE to strengthen the evaluation community in Bulgaria and promote the tools to policy makers is a welcoming development.