Seth Davis, Programme Advisor, Community Systems Foundation
Aditya Shankar, Programme Associate, Community Systems Foundation
Over the course of a several year partnership, Community Systems Foundation has worked with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to configure and roll out DFA Monitoring to monitor the status of national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a multi-sectoral initiative, DFA Monitoring is being used to track the progress being made in a broad socio-economic context. DFA Monitoring’s versatility has allowed Jamaica to monitor progress in achieving the 13 outcomes outlined in the Jamaica Vision 2030 plan which aims to improve the child protection, education and social welfare sector.
The progress across the nation is shared through the Data4Development platform to support better planning, monitoring and reporting. In 2021, the project was expanded to support the tracking of progress in the Community Renewal Programme in Jamaica, which aims to better support the most volatile and vulnerable communities in the country.
Key Performance Indicators help determine the progress being made on different priorities of governments. On Jamaica’s dashboard, the “Quick View” visualization showcases the planned and reported data entered into DFA Monitoring. In the example above, the visualization highlights Outcome 5 - Security and Safety. Longitudinal data show that by 2018, “Category 1 crime rate, per 100,000 population” is very close to the planned target value, a nearly steady improvement from 2008. Each KPI of the national development plan is monitored and reported through the portal.
CSF recognizes the need for agencies to plan and act together to respond holistically to development challenges and government priorities. An example of this is ensuring handwashing stations at school (SDG6). The responsibility for planning and realisation of this goal requires a multi-sectoral response with Ministries responsible for education, health, infrastructure and public works and gender coming together to collaborate on effective Understanding this reality, the government of Côte D’ivoire, with UNICEF and CSF support is designing a system that will utilize DFA Monitoring to its fullest capacity.
Known as SNIPSE - Système National Intégré de Planification, Suivi et Evaluation - Federated National Planning, the government is working collaboratively across Ministries to plan, monitor and report on national development performance. Currently, the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Education and the Ministry responsible for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) have successfully rolled out DFA Monitoring. In doing so, they are able to collaboratively monitor cross-cutting issues and continue to track Ministry-specific priorities. The government of Côte D’ivoire presents a strong model for other countries to use when implementing DFA Monitoring.
At a national level, governments can benefit from systems and processes to facilitate the necessary planning, monitoring and reporting required within each sector and across sectors. Jamaica and Côte D’Ivoire are great examples of countries which have applied DFA Monitoring to work more effectively towards common development priorities, serving their citizens while keeping them informed.