Become A Human Development Reporting Expert
Follow-up represents a continuation of the advocacy effort, impact monitoring and influence assessment over the long term (table 5). The goal is to maintain the focus on development and to provide a solid foundation for relevant policies and practical programmes and projects in the months and years ahead.
|Shape and implement a follow-up strategy by enlisting institutions involved in the HDR||Maintain the communities of practice and knowledge networks on the dedicated website||Institutionalize the collection of data on the issues raised in the HDR||Be alert to join with the government and stakeholders in initiatives addressing the issues||Produce new reports at regular intervals; include updates on past HDRs||Regularly report on impact monitoring and follow-up to UNDP to nourish the feedback loop|
- In shaping and implementing a follow-up strategy, enlist the institutions that have contributed to the content of the HDR.
- Maintain the communities of practice and the knowledge networks on the dedicated website so as to stay up to date on the theme and issues, including technical issues, and to manage new knowledge.
- Collaborate with statistical users and producers to identify methods and approaches to institutionalize the collection of data on the sorts of indicators and levels of disaggregation that will be needed to monitor progress in the country in the various areas of human development, including development disparities across population groups.
Human Development Report 2005: Chhattisgarh, in India, provides a good example.
By monitoring and regularly publishing data on indicators to gauge the impact of policies and track progress in socio-economic development, the HDRs help focus attention on the achievement of national and international development targets such as the Millennium Development Goals.
The UNDP Country Office, Regional Bureau, or Regional Centre and other stakeholders should therefore systematically review the impact of all a country’s or region’s reports, as well as the global HDRs, on policy and the national or regional development agenda and the contributions of these reports to progress towards global development targets, including the Millennium Development Goals. Convene 6- and 12-month meetings of the steering committee and other stakeholders to review impacts and progress in addressing the report themes and related issues.
- Remain alert to join with the government, non-governmental actors and other stakeholders whenever opportunities arise to implement the report recommendations or to affect other initiatives related to the report themes and issues.
- Placing human development at the centre of national policy debates requires a high-quality product produced at regular intervals.
A cycle of one or two years should become the norm for the production of HDRs. Include updates on progress in realizing the recommendations of past HDRs. The success of the HDRs in informing government policy in Chile is partly because of the regularity of the reports. Guatemala represents an example of the cumulative impact of the regular publication of reports. India has been prolific in producing subnational HDRs.
- Regularly report all results of impact monitoring, influence assessment and long-term follow-up to UNDP.. Regular reporting to UNDP thereby helps nourish the HDR-UNDP feedback loop (box 1)