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About SHIPDET

Background
  Strengthening result-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and improving development performance are increasingly becoming a focus of world attention. The Chinese government attaches great importance to performance evaluation. Premier Wen Jiabao stated: “Performance evaluation, as the basis and prerequisite of administration accountability, can guide the efforts of the government and its staff to perform their tasks responsibly.” One of the major challenges facing almost all developing countries is the lack of capacity to monitor and evaluate how effectively public funds are being used. To address these challenges and to keep pace with international trends, in early 2007, the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Center (AFDC) jointly launched the Shanghai International Program for Development Evaluation Training (SHIPDET).
  SHIPDET is committed to promoting development evaluation capacity building in China and other Asian developing countries through a range of activities, such as training workshops, research, and network building.
  AFDC is responsible for SHIPDET’s daily operations. The first SHIPDET workshop, held at the Shanghai National Accounting Institute (SNAI), April 9—17, 2007, was commended by the agencies involved for achieving its goals. Chinese Vice-Minister of Finance Li Yong remarked, “This workshop was a huge success! Performance evaluation will definitely become an important concept in China’s economic development. Continuous efforts should be made to promote performance evaluation.”

Objectives
  --To enhance development evaluation capacity building in China and other Asian developing countries
  --To build development evaluation systems that are adaptable to local situations in Asian developing countries
  --To establish an effective network of development evaluation practitioners
  --To promote the sharing of knowledge and experiences in development evaluation

Main Events
TRAINING
  Each year, SHIPDET plans to conduct training workshops in spring and fall. The spring workshop is designed for Chinese participants, primarily governmental officials responsible for development evaluation from the Ministry of Finance, the National Audit Office, the National Bureau of Statistics, and the State-owned Assets Supervision Administration Commission. The fall workshop is designed for international participants, primarily officials responsible for development evaluation from governmental departments of Asian developing countries and representatives of bilateral and multilateral development agencies. SHIPDET plans to train 120 participants annually. SHIPDET strives to include the following into its training workshop:
  --With the assistance of the participating parties, SHIPDET engages internationally-recognized experts as faculty, to provide the most modern theories and practical approaches in development performance evaluation.
--SHIPDET training workshops focuses on the application of international best practices to the local situations in Asian developing countries.
  --In delivering its training, SHIPDET strives to utilize the most modern and effective materials and methods, including video conferences, case studies and field studies.
  --Consistent with SHIPDET’s goal of strengthening result-based management, systematic performance evaluation is an integral part of the training program in order to maximize training effectiveness.
  I think it is a very innovative thing to do. It’s necessary because at the moment there is no equivalent program that is currently being offered. Your work is very important for result-based development performance. In other words, each of these can’t be considered as separate task. It’s all related. So what you are doing here is extremely important as a contributing factor overall to better development outcomes.
  Bruce Purdue, Head, Results Management Unit, Strategy and Policy Department, ADB
RESEARCH
  SHIPDET is committed to conducting research on critical issues concerning M&E and development performance. By leveraging both international and local resources, SHIPDET’s research is directed toward finding the most effective development systems for Asian developing countries.
NETWORK
  In order to facilitate collaboration and experience sharing, SHIPDET strives to build a network of developing evaluation practitioners, academia and others directly involved in the field. SHIPDET intends to utilize the network, particularly the website, to provide to the participants the opportunity to receive follow-up materials and to exchange ideas. As a part of establishing and maintaining network, SHIPDET will host high level forums and seminars on important issues in the field of Monitoring & Evaluation and development result management.

Location
  The coordination office (operated by AFDC) is located at SNAI—a training center built by the Chinese government primarily to train senior financial managers and government officials. SNAI has world-class facilities, including classroom buildings, an international conference center, a recreation center, apartments for participants, dining facilities, as well as broadband internet access throughout the campus.
  Shanghai is the economic center in Mainland China. Since numerous projects have been funded by the World Bank, ADB and other international organizations in and around Shanghai, there are abundant opportunities for SHIPDET research and field study.
Contact Us
Address:200 Panlong Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai, China. 201702
Tel: (86 21) 69768021
Fax: (86 21) 69768233
Email: SHIPDET@afdc.org.cn
Partners
Regional Centers for Learning on Evaluation and Results
Asian Development Bank
World Bank
Shanghai National Accounting Institute
Ministry of Finance, PRC
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