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La Educación
Número: (123-125) I,III
Año: 1996

I. Introduction

This study constitutes the Evaluation of the Multinational Projects of (PREDE) for the period 1990-1995. The Executive Report addresses the mandate set forth in resolution CIECC/RES. 866/94, which requests the:
Member states and the General Secretariat to present, at the end of the current six-year programming, executive evaluation reports identifying and describing successful strategies and experiences based on the conclusions of the evaluation, in addition to an indication of the evaluation procedures and methodologies used, with specific recommendations on measures to be taken in relation to those strategies and experiences, in light of their viability, transferability and cost effectiveness.
The report describes the methodologies followed in the project evaluations and then discusses specific cases reflecting successful experiences, progress or results, duly identified and documented, that constitute major findings emanating from the evaluations.

The evaluations cover three multinational projects approved under resolution CIECC/RES. 771/88, which were begun in January 1990. Those projects are: Basic Education (PRODEBAS), with 24 participating countries; Education for Work (PMET), with 23 countries participating; and Secondary and Higher Education (PROMESUP), with 12 countries participating. The total amount of funds obligated by the participating countries in the three projects was approximately US$14.5 million at December 31, 1994, not counting 1995 programming funds. An estimate of the activities carried out indicates that US$11.1 million was spent in the area of “Human Resource Training and Development” and that more than 94,000 officials, supervisors, leaders, teachers and trainees took part in a variety of courses, workshops and seminars. Likewise, US$1.99 million was invested in the area of “Information Collection/Dissemination and Publicity”, while about 1,300 reports and documents were published and distributed to various entities and individuals. In the area of “Studies and Research” US$862,000 was invested and nearly 1,500 documents on project-related topics were produced (ideas, methodologies, trials and applications in the participating countries). Lastly,in the area of “Policies and Strategies” $542,000 was invested in connection with 600 proposals on matters of interest to those responsible for the formulation of national educational policies.

The OAS General Secretariat, acting jointly with the participating countries, drew up the evaluation guidelines and methodologies that were to be followed. These guidelines were then approved by the Inter-American Committee on Education (CIE) and later by CIECC in resolution CIECC/RES. 866/94.

The guidelines were subsequently conveyed to all the member States through their missions and delegations and the OAS local country offices. The guidelines were also placed before and distributed to the joint CIES/CIECC meeting on policy and programming, held in Belize in February 1995. These guidelines contain indications on project evaluation in terms of the data to be supplied and the criteria for testing the degree of success attained in each activity or project at country level and of the multinational project as a whole. They also cover both quantitative and qualitative aspects, including a section for setting out conclusions and recommendations touching on each activity and project. The methodology used called for the preparation of a country report drawn up by each National Coordinator in charge of the project or activity in each country and a three-party meeting attended by the liaison agency, the national coordinator and the respective office of the OAS General Secretariat. Based on those reports, a group of seven experts hired by the OAS verified on site what had been accomplished in each project. The consultants filed their report on the countries visited and met at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the first week of October 1995 in order to draw up, with the support of the General Secretariat, three consolidated reports on the evaluation of each multinational project. Lastly, the present report was drafted jointly with the General Secretariat in compliance with resolution CIECC/RES. 866/94.

A summary of successful experiences pinpointed in the assessment made by the outside evaluators, following the process described above, is given below. The present document also includes the consolidated report for each multinational project in three annexes.