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Monitoring and Evaluation System needed for youth policy processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted on Sep 12, 2013
The CCYI BiH needs to have access to necessary information in order to qualitatively develop and suggest youth policies in BiH.

According to the recent researches done by the “IPA- EU Support to the coordination and implementation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s National Youth Policy” (EUNYP) currently there is a shortage of a system that gathers and processes youth data qualitatively in BiH. In addition, there is a considerable lack of database on organisations dealing with youth issues, or for on-going programmes and their achievements.

Therefore, the EUNYP has developed the prototype of the database, which, once it becomes fully functional, will be available at the www.omladinskimonitor.ba.

Also, it has been noted that there is an absence of adequate monitoring and assessment of whether or not the new/existing legislation treats the youth issues, how the legislation treats the youth issues, and finally how it is implemented.

The EUNYP proposes Monitoring and Evaluation System that should be seen at first as a semi-practical exercise of data-collection with the potential to be easily adjusted to a more advanced and practical system.

The Monitoring and Evaluation System as a unique database on youth will assist to keep track of youth situation and the sector in BiH, on which basis the compliance of actual needs with on-going activities and initiatives can be effectively monitored and, if possible, redefined and corrected.

The database will be a tool to detect youth needs and problems at its source, respectively establish relevant policies and responsibilities within the public institutional context and connect a wide range of stakeholders, from both, the governmental and civic sectors.

The proposed Monitoring and Evaluation System aims at monitoring on-going progress in eight youth relevant fields of action and evaluating them against general and specific objectives laid down by the EU youth Strategy 2010-2018.

Through feedback information, the system will serve as a basis for:

  • Describing developments in the situation of youth in BiH
  • Describing and monitoring key targets of youth policy in the eight fields of action
  • Describing the civil society infrastructure (NGOs oriented on youth) and its development
  • Describing and informing about youth (oriented) projects and programmes
  • Describing developments in youth legislation and the implementation mechanisms

The interest groups that would benefit from this Monitoring and Evaluation System and operational database are:

  1. Government institutions (municipalities, ministries, agencies)
  2. Civil society sector (non-governmental organizations)
  3. Donors and financiers (BiH and international foundations and donors)
  4. Private sector (BiH and international business companies, interested in investing in the youth sector – Private Public Partnership)
  5. Public opinion

The system has four kinds of databases, which are:

Database 1 - Developments in the situation of youth in BiH on the basis of eight key areas of concern

Database 2 - Describing the civil society infrastructure (NGOs oriented on youth) and its development

Database 3 - Describing and informing about youth (oriented) projects and programmes

Database 4 - Describing developments in youth legislation and the implementation mechanisms

For future progress, the CCYI should introduce one of the available business intelligence/reporting systems on the market that will allow them to build a manageable and scalable reporting environment. System must be able to use external data sources, have classic data mining functions, grouping, exporting and so on.

The CCYI has full ownership of the database, and it is the hope of the EUNYP that the Database will be soon put in practice, and thus will become available online.