Improvement of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Care Programs

The Government of Barbados has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Development Cooperation Fund, to improve the capacity of the Ministry of Social Care, Community Development and Constituency Empowerment. The development partnership is valued at US$120,000.

This initiative is part of the Government’s initiative to improve governance, to deliver value for money and ensure that programmes aimed at assisting vulnerable groups in society achieve the desired impact.  The project emerging from this collaboration will strengthening the existing social protection system through the adaptation of mechanisms to facilitate the measurement and appraisal of social service programmes and projects delivered by the Ministry.

The Country Representative of the OAS in Barbados, Mr. Francis Mc Barnette, emphasized that “this agreement represents the commitment of the OAS to improve governance in the Hemisphere, in general and, more specifically its commitment to the People of Barbados”.

The programme has three main components

  • The development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework;
  • The design and implementation of an Aid Information Management System; and
  • Staff capacity development in the Techniques of Monitoring and Evaluation and the use of Information Technology for these purposes.

The Government of Barbados and the OAS has agreed that the model of monitoring and evaluation to be used shall be results-based. The focus of the system in assessing the policies and programmes of the Ministry shall be the direct impact that they have in improving the quality of life of Barbadians. This will be a significant departure from the traditional approach to measurement, which tends to focus mainly on activities without sufficient measurement of the impact the interventions had on peoples’ lives.

A robust monitoring and evaluation system will not only measure existing programmes but will be critical in improving current programmes and designing better future initiatives that would be more rigorously evidence-based.

A team of Caribbean consultants from the company “Ideas To Business led by Dr. André Vincent Henry will facilitate the process. The project officially commenced yesterday with a series of engagements with key stakeholders and an orientation meeting with Minister of Social Care, Community Development and Constituency Empowerment, Honourable Steve Blackett, OAS Country Representative, Francis McBarnette and senior staff of the Ministry.

The OAS Development Cooperation Fund (OAS/DCF) is an innovative non-reimbursable technical cooperation instrument established to contribute to the financing of national and multilateral cooperation programs and projects carried out under the Organization’s Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development. The OAS/DCF is mainly made up of the voluntary contributions of Member States.