The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs (MGCAS) held a round table discussion where preliminary data was discussed as well as the state of use of the monitoring and evaluation (SI-M&A) in Maputo province. The aim of the round table was for system users to discuss data, share their experiences, best practices and lessons learned to ensure that all stakeholders involved in the collection, processing and analysis of data make the best use out of the recently implemented system. The round table was organized with technical support from Jembi/UEM-mOASIS and financial support from USAID.
Maputo, Mozambique – November 2017 – The National M&E system of MGCAS, SI-M&A, is now operational in 18 sites throughout Mozambique. Maputo Province is the only one where the system was implemented in all the districts (8), and the other implementations were at one urban district for each of the other 10 provincial capitals of the country. After 1 year of system use, the Ministry decided to hold a round table discussion with all users of the system in Maputo Province at the district, provincial and central levels to discuss data, share experiences, best practices and practical proposals on how to better use the data produced to feed the Economic and Social Plan report, disseminate the information through various channels and share lessons learned during the implementation period.
The event was specifically aimed at: 1) stimulating data discussions using data available on the system; 2) sharing lessons learned to improve the implementation approach for the system expansion in the remaining districts of the country; 3) incentivizing system users to follow proper protocols for data collection, processing and analysis to ensure better SI-M&A use ; 4) strengthening the communication channels and collaboration among stakeholders involved in the implementation and use of the SI-M&A, including civil society, and promote the collection, use and publication of the data through data bulletins, periodic reports and the Economic and Social Plan, guarantying data consistency.
The workshop was attended by the National director of Planning and Cooperation of the MGCAS, who participated very actively in the discussions, technical staff from the central level, Provincial Directorate of Gender, Children and Social Affairs (DPGCAS), Districts Services for Health, Gender, Children and Social Affairs, provincial (SDSGCAS), National Institute of Social Action (INAS) and the Jembi/UEM-mOASIS technical and coordination teams as well as USAID representatives. The participants demonstrated satisfaction for the initiative as a unique opportunity to discuss statistical data around the social sector and for information sharing among system users using SI-M&A under similar sets of circumstances and were in general, very open during the productive discussions that took place during the event.