On 20 November 2020, representatives of the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) and the State Customs Service (SCS) of Ukraine completed two-day training on “Monitoring, evaluation and quality management” organised under the EU-funded project “EU Support to Strengthening Integrated Border Management (IBM) in Ukraine (EU4IBM)”. The training became another step towards establishing a functioning monitoring and evaluation system of IBM Strategy and Action Plan implementation in Ukraine.
“Monitoring and evaluation is an important and integral part of any project life cycle, ensuring proper control and providing answers to the questions: where we are, whether we are moving in the right direction, what corrective measures need to be applied. Within implementation of integrated border management in Ukraine, the Strategy and Action Plan are that project targeting to bring the change, and proper monitoring and evaluation system needs to be in place to make things happen”, said Mr Arunas Adomenas, EU4IBM Team Leader.
The training session was delivered to 15 SBGS and SCS representatives by experienced trainers from the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Governance. The participants were equipped with methodologies and tools applied in the process of monitoring, evaluation and quality management tailored to IBM Strategy and Action Plan implementation in Ukraine. Special attention was paid to specifics of each of the processes, peculiarities of formulating the overall and specific objectives, tasks of the policies, formulation and development of indicators, developing and applying means of collecting data from sources of verification as well as measuring progress.
“We expect the implementation of IBM Strategy and AP in Ukraine to produce tangible and lasting results that would enable both business and population of Ukraine enjoying easier, safer and faster movement across the border. Together we are moving towards turning the border from dividing to rather connecting, protecting and safeguarding measure”, commented Mr Xavier Camus, Head of Section “Good Governance and Democratisation” at the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.
The training is a continuation of the project work to support national IBM stakeholders with the development of tools and procedures to effectively steer the IBM policy development and implementation in Ukraine. Further project activities will be built around the development of monitoring indicators and evaluation criteria, development and operationalisation of the monitoring methodology to track the progress of IBM Strategy and AP implementation as well as introduction of the IT-based monitoring system.