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IDEA International is currently conducting an evaluation of the Nursing Training Programme in Guyana, funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in view of answering critical questions on the performance of students and the effectiveness of recently implemented training curriculum reviews. The evaluation has been commissioned by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance in Guyana, and considers three public training institutions including the Georgetown School of Nursing, the Charles Rosa School of Nursing and the New Amsterdam School of Nursing. IDEA has adopted a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, including documentation review, focus group discussions, and a survey. This survey will be conducted using the IDEA e-Survey platform.
This study involves four (4) experts: Dr. Frederic Martin; Principal Economist; Curline Beckford, Senior Evaluation; Thais Bindutiye, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist; and Dr. Cynthia Baker, Senior Nurse Training Specialist (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing-IDEA partnership). The results of the evaluations are expected by end of June 2015.
Developed progressively by IDEA International Institute since 2010, IDEA Solutions is a suite of management processes and software to implement Results-Based Management (RBM) in the public sector. IDEA Solutions include one diagnostic application: Assessing Management for Results (A4R) and two management applications: Budgeting for Results (B4R) and Monitoring for Results (M4R).
Two targets groups can use IDEA Solutions to their benefit: (1) high-level officials in the public sector who need up-to-date and accurate information for decision making and accountability and (2) managers and professionals in the public sector to better plan, budget, and monitor the implementation of public programs and projects. More specifically, IDEA Solutions enables you to: a) conduct a rapid and participatory diagnostic of the implementation of RBM pillars; b) enable the benchmarking of governments, ministries, and public agencies in terms of RBM implementation; c) guide the step-by-step implementation of planning, budgeting and performance monitoring; and d) articulate the implementation of RBM at strategic, institution, program/ project and operational levels.
The Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (ARMP) of Congo has selected the IDEA International Institute to conduct a wide training and upgrading program of executives involved in public procurement management. At the end of this program, 420 executives of the General Directorate of Public Procurement Control (DGCMP), the General Delegation for Major Works (DGGT), Public Procurement Management Units (CGMP), the private sector and the civil society will have been trained.
During the inception mission which took place in February 2015, partners and other stakeholders in the training program have identified four main training themes: 1) the legal and institutional framework of public procurement in Congo; 2) public procurement procedures, including international standards; 3) the administrative and legal management of public procurement; and 4) the audit and control of public procurement. The first training sessions will started on March 23rd 2015.
The Government of Tabasco, with the financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) - PRODEV hired IDEA International to provide technical assistance and training during 2014 in a project entitled "Results-Based Budgeting and Improved Targeting quality and Public Expenditure ".
On the basis of the good results obtained, the Government and the Bank decided to extend the training and implementation methodology on 2015 of the Budgeting for Results (B4R) application from the IDEA SOLUTIONS suite under the first stage of consulting, and involve two new entities in the infrastructure and agricultural sectors. A B4R training workshop was conducted to train 32 public officers in doing output costing and presenting Medium-Term Expenditure Frameworks; and specific recommendations were presented to the Governor of Tabasco to guide the institutional and methodological progress in the B4R implementation agenda.