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MANDATE

In November 2006, the Programme Management Office (PMO) was established within the then Ministry of Planning and Development, to lead guide and coordinate all activities related to the Vision 2020 National Strategic Development Plan for Trinidad and Tobago. Subsequently, in 2009, the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago agreed, inter alia, to the re-designation of the Programme Management Office (PMO) to the Vision 2020 Office in the newly created Ministry of Planning, Housing and the Environment. Additional responsibility was also added to the Office for the overarching Monitoring and Evaluation function to oversee, co-ordinate and report on the activities of all Monitoring and Evaluation Units in the public Service. The Office’s main focus then, was primarily on developing a reporting framework to address the results of government’s performance in relation to policies, projects and programmes. The purpose was to create a shift in reporting from measuring success in terms of expenditure to that of impact and outcomes of the varying interventions.  The emphasis on evidence based planning and project development supported by consensus building on targets and performance indicators were central to the process.

A further reconfiguration to the Office was made as a result of the General Election of May 2010, and the consequent change in Government. In October 2010, the Cabinet agreed, that the Vision 2020 Office be re-designated the National Transformation Unit (NTU) within the then Ministry of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs, now the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development. Its mandate now, continues to be focused on:

 

  • Building assessment and evaluation capability for Trinidad and Tobago, which includes building public sector capacity in Monitoring and Evaluation – tools, methods, approaches and concepts , developing indicators, setting targets, use of the logic model for measuring outcomes and conduct of evaluations;
  • Coordinating the implementation of the National Policy and Strategic Plans;
  • Establishing a reporting framework against the National Policy of the Government and Ministries’ Strategic Plans;
  • Producing an Annual Report on the progress of government policies, programmes and projects in accordance with agreed targets and performance measures;
  • Developing an Information Technology System to track performance – data and outcomes;
  • Serving as the management centre for national and sectoral evaluations of projects and programmes;
  • Building a public sector wide Assessment and Evaluation network.

 

While the NTU’s remit is broad, we are focused primarily on three outcomes. These are, creating a culture of service excellence; building a robust Monitoring and Evaluation system; and, developing a knowledgeable cadre of Monitoring and Evaluation professionals.

As a Public Service, we are faced with many challenges both internally and externally. In this regard, the NTU remains committed to continuing to improve the ways in which we engage with our key stakeholders both within as well as outside of the government system, to deliver quality outcomes. The NTU now find itself at a pivotal yet exciting time in the transformation of Government’s service delivery. Our place within the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development has given us the opportunity over the next three years, to shape how Government performance can be improved and transformed with the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness.

Some of the NTUs major achievement to date includes:

  • Preparation of the Annual Report on Performance for Government;
  • Development of a National Performance Framework (2012-2014) to measure Government’s performance;
  • Development of a National Indicator System aligned to our National Outcomes;
  • Establishment of a Development Evaluation Forum;
  • Establishment of the ‘TransforME’ Website, which now provides performance information of project/programme execution by Ministries;
  • Development of a 3-Year Strategic Plan for the NTU, which essentially provides the roadmap for the institutionalising of Results-Based Management across the Public Sector.

Today, the NTU has emerged as the focal point within Government for Performance Information and the Monitoring and Evaluation of Government’s performance. The Unit continues to embark upon its mission of ‘Leading Results-Based Management and transforming governance, towards delivering measurable results to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago’ in order to achieve its vision of ‘Continuously redefining Government’s Performance’.

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