Performance Evaluation Model for the Urban and Rural Subsistence Security System: Technical Assistance Completion Report
sector: Public Sector Management | country: China, People’s Republic of
(i) ADB involvement in the field of PRC (People’s Republic of China) social protection arose from a sequential series of TA (technical assistance) employing individually recruited consultants. However, recent expansion in PRC social sector TA has brought heavy and competing demands for these pioneering PRC individuals and created some availability delays. It is important that ADB not only deliver effective individual TA but also help to nurture domestic consulting capacity in this important field. Heavy work demands on MOCA (Ministry of Civil Affairs) staff and a change in MOCA TA focal point made capacity and continuity of consultant inputs particularly important. Selection of a pilot site close to Beijing facilitated involvement of MOCA and Beijing City Civil Affairs and supporting field workers. This also resulted in TA savings due to lower travel and logistics costs. It is suggested that ADB identify and work with more diverse institutions and consultants and explore means for pairing national junior level researchers with more experienced research partners;
(ii) Rapid pace of PRC policy creation and revision during Reform means that TA interim outputs or particular findings may have significant and timely policy contributions whereas the impact of larger, final study findings may take longer to materialize. This also requires timely information from client agencies.