Evaluation of the Project to Support Policy Development, Kosovo

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The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo (OPM) agreed on a Technical Assistance (TA) project that started on July 2016. With the TA being close to completion, the final evaluation was conducted to:

  1. inform Sida about the achievements under the TA and the manner in which the originally agreed objectives are met; 
  2. define the key components that contributed to the success of the project or lack of such success to inform the design of future TAs;
  3. provide the OPM with practical suggestions on how to ensure that achievements reached as a result of the TA are embedded in a sustainable manner; and
  4. inform the OPM about the possible future priorities regarding the development of the Better Regulation Agenda in Kosovo, including proposals on how to fully implement objectives in the future in case these are not reached or only partially.

The evaluation brought together and analysed the lessons learned, the challenges faced, and the best practices obtained during the implementation of the TA. The emphasis of the evaluation was on understanding what has worked well, what has not worked well and the underlying reasons that affected performance and reaching objectives. The evaluation also assessed the sustainability of the changes that have been introduced.

The evaluation finds that a demand driven approach, which has the flexibility needed to support emerging opportunities and ensures that ownership rests with the OPM has led to significant quality improvements and enhanced policy coordination in Kosovo. The evaluation furthermore found that there is a high probability that most of the results will remain sustainable in the long run.

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