The Opening Ceremony for 2nd Basic Training on Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Thu, 21 January 2021

The Opening Ceremony for 2nd Basic Training on Monitoring & Evaluation

        The Opening Ceremony for 2nd Basic Training on Monitoring & Evaluation, in part of the technical assistance program provided by the UNODC to the Anti-Corruption Commission, took place at Assembly Hall of the Anti-Corruption Commission Office on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:00 o’clock. The ceremony was attended by Daw Myat Myat So, the leader of the Foreign Affairs and Human Resources Management Working Committee, Commissioner U Khin Maung Myint, Directors General, Deputy Directors General, Directors, Deputy Directors, and 30 trainees from the Commission Office.

        At the opening ceremony, Commissioner Daw Myat Myat So delivered an opening speech. She announced that the Anti-Corruption Commission has included "conducting an annual survey for the analysis of corruption in public services" as Process (2) in Working Area (1) of the Anti-Corruption Strategy (2018-2021). The survey results will not only significantly contribute to the development of the Commission's annual program but will also play a crucial role in monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Commission's anti-corruption initiatives. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are integral parts of the Commission's annual work plans, assessing the effectiveness of business plans or projects by considering factors such as quality (efficiency), long-term sustainability, and impact. This evaluation process applies not only during the implementation phase but also continues into the post-implementation period. She also emphasized that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a continuous function, not a one-time event. Project design should be established, and a systematic review of implementation and results is necessary. It's not sufficient to assess only the outputs; evaluating the outcomes and impact is essential. Only then will we be able to gauge success and identify the need for reforms. To conduct effective monitoring, it's essential to systematically collect statistical information on specific indicators. She emphasized that the staff of the Commission Office attending the training will enhance their skills in monitoring and evaluating anti-corruption activities. Therefore, it's important for them to study and learn until they can effectively apply this knowledge and share it with others.

Ms. Marie Pegie Couchois, the Anti-Corruption Program Manager at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), expressed her pleasure in delivering a welcome address on behalf of UNODC for the second M&E Basic Training session with the Anti-Corruption Commission today. She expressed her happiness at meeting the participants who attended the first course held in July 2020. She noted that despite the recent successes of the Anti-Corruption Commission in combating corruption, it remains a significant challenge for the country's development. She also emphasized their awareness of the impact of corruption and stressed the importance of conducting Monitoring & Evaluation training to enhance the Commission's capacity. She mentioned that the Commission successfully conducted a corruption survey among businesses last year and expressed her belief that the course participants would learn and effectively apply the topics related to data collection in their workplace.

Next, Mr. Ryan Winch, the trainer, provided an introduction. The 2nd Basic Training course in Monitoring & Evaluation will cover subjects such as Survey Methods, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Data Visualization, and an Introduction to Statistics. All these subjects will be taught online over a span of 5 days.