In the last few years, demand for public program evaluations has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This has been accompanied by the design and implementation of reliable and timely monitoring systems, that serve as data source for keeping track of public program implementation and results.
A good monitoring and evaluation system is not enough, even if it is rigorous, if the information is not fed back into new policy design and public accountability frameworks.
A good incentive that promotes the use of evaluation and monitoring systems is to publicize good practices by public sector institutions. A good example of this is the annual prizes that National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy in Mexico ((CONEVAL), which is the entity that regulates and coordinates social policy evaluations in Mexico.
This past October, for a second year in a row, CONEVAL awarded its good practice prizes in monitoring and evaluation to Mexican public sector institutions.
These good practices were selected by the Executive Commission in CONEVAL, which includes six renowned academics and an Executive Secretary.
The selection was based on:
(i) their relevance to public policy decision making or to operational processes,
(ii) innovation in the implementation of monitoring and evaluation practices, and
(iii), evaluation and monitoring institutionalization in public management: planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation.
These are the good examples that were selected this year!