Village councils and VDBs of Tseminyu district sensitized on evaluation activity in Nagaland | MorungExpress
Dr. Zasekuolie Chusi, Sentinuklu Jamir and others during a “sensitization on assessment activity” in Tseminyu on June 7. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | June 7
The Nagaland Evaluation Directorate today sensitized the Village Councils and Village Development Boards (VDBs) of Tseminyu District on evaluation activities in Nagaland.
Speaking to the “Assessment Activity Awareness” program at Tseminyu Town Hall, Tseminyu Deputy Commissioner Dr Zasekuolie Chusi said that based on the findings and recommendations of the studies of evaluation, the government takes corrective action on the shortcomings and also acts to further improve the success. story. In this, the DC called on village councils and VDBs to enlighten residents to give factual data as the department visits their area.
He also asked the department to set foot in Tseminyu district by establishing a district assessment office. He assured to allocate enough land for this purpose.
I Sentinuklu Jamir, Director, Directorate of Evaluation, Nagaland, said the government has many plans and programs and the department evaluates and reviews these to identify the status of implementation on the ground. Through evaluation studies, the department also assesses whether the programs have an impact on the targeted beneficiaries at the grassroots level and suggests appropriate mechanisms to bring about improvement in the formulation and execution of schemes and programs.
“Feel free to provide correct information to the department,” he said, adding that the public will benefit from the release of correct information.
Relationship with the community
Although it is one of the oldest departments in the state, public perception of the assessment department is both skeptical and illogical, said co-director A Anden Moklong.
Moklong informed that the evaluation department acts as a liaison department between the community and the government. It also acts as a catalyst for improvement, improvement, modification and continuation of the intervention program, thus providing benefits to the population.
“The evaluation department acts as a mirror and identifies shortcomings whenever program implementation goes wrong,” Moklong said, adding that the department serves as a platform for community participation to voice their grievances, problems and gaps in the intervention programs and to suggest for the incorporation of the desired components into the program.
He said Nagaland’s evaluation department is also planning to have the evaluation policy legislated which will include prioritizing public demand evaluation studies of all programs and intervention schemes.
“Therefore, in order to translate the vision into practical mission and for the betterment of our condition, we seek your prayers, moral support and cooperation in our endeavours,” he said.
Evaluation Department in Nagaland
Moklong said the proven fact that “No nation prospers without planning and no planning is complete without evaluation” was the driving force behind the establishment of the monitoring and evaluation unit on October 14, 1968. Later, it was transformed into a fully-fledged evaluation directorate under the administrative control of the Planning & Coordination department in 1973.
The department is headed by a director with a total sanctions staff of 125 people.
At present, 11 district assessment offices are functional. The post sanction for the establishment of the newly established district namely Noklak, Tseminyu. Niuland, Chümoukedima and Shamator are still expected, he said.
Despite the less technical manpower, the ministry has successfully published 67 evaluation reports on various intervention programs that are available in the public domain.
At present, the department is undertaking state-level study, district-specific study, demand-based study, review study and follow-up.
Stating that the lack of follow-up action on the findings of the study report defeats the very purpose of carrying out an evaluation study, he said: “Therefore, a study of The review is undertaken to examine whether the conclusions, impact and suggestions made previously are still valid and whether any follow-up action has been taken by the department concerned.
Meanwhile, the co-director called on all stakeholders and beneficiaries to be honest and truthful while answering questions from investigators during evaluation studies.
“Deviations from factual facts and figures are unsolicited as they prevent program initiators and implementing agencies from taking appropriate corrective action,” he added.
The program was chaired by co-director, Z Renchamo Odyuo, while the vote of thanks was offered by evaluation officer Shellem.