CLEAR responded to a request from Samoa’s Ministry of Health (MoH) to build an institutional M&E system and strengthen M&E capacity within the MoH. In implementing this project, CLEAR partnered with local health nongovernmental organization Lutia I Puava Ae Mapu to provide an initial diagnostic of the ministry’s M&E practices and identify gaps in the system. The team consulted with MoH representatives, other government stakeholders, and district hospitals to understand the challenges of paper-based information storing, monitoring, and reporting. Health sector professionals participated in an introductory session, “Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation,” to map M&E gaps and brainstorm ideas to inform an M&E strategy for Samoa’s health sector to ensure evidence-based policy making. The draft institutional M&E strategy was adopted by the MoH and is currently being implemented.
CLEAR will continue to work with local partners to support M&E strengthening in Samoa. Furthermore, this initial support to one Pacific Island government provides an opportunity for CLEAR to forge new partnerships and extend their activities to other countries in the region.
Recognizing the importance of establishing a platform for M&E knowledge sharing and capacity building within and outside China, CLEAR partnered with China’s Ministry of Finance, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank Group to organize the annual Asian Evaluation Week (AEW). In 2019, the fourth edition of the AEW convened more than 260 participants from government, public research institutes, academia, and civil society organizations to share knowledge and experiences on the theme “Quality Evaluation for Better Results: Local, National, and Regional Perspectives.” CLEAR centers presented learnings from building national and subnational evaluation systems in Brazil, China, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.
Quotes from AEW participants
"I think it is important to have those platforms, because we can learn from success but also with failure of other countries and how to not make it again."
—Olfa Soukri Cherif, Parliament of Tunisia
"2019 AEW is a great experience. I have learned a lot of things. We have been connected with so many experts and we hope we can use it better next time we are conducting an evaluation in the country."
—Sheila Samimi, Asian Development Bank, Afghanistan