Rule of Law Systems: Program Measurement Workshop

June 22, 2021

June 24, 2021


NOTE: Registration was limited to USG.

This workshop focused on measuring rule of law programs. Program participants learned about and practiced applying key skills necessary for measuring effective projects. Course content focused on how country context and a systems perspective on justice helps develop better program measurement systems. Participants learned how to build useful indicators that provide valuable information on progress related to program interventions. Participants were familiarized with different programming modalities and now understand how to creatively design projects closely linked to the problems they aim to ameliorate. Finally, participants had opportunities to practice the skills they learned in an interactive measurement system development module.

The program occurred over three days. Participants learned through a mix of interactive lecture, hypothetical exercises, office hours, and small-group discussion of a sample project developed by the participant. The course was limited to 25 participants to promote interaction and engagement. The course involved a moderate amount of work outside of instructor-led sessions and by registering participants agreed to attend all sessions and to complete assignments, including the preparation of a draft measurement system. While this program built on the skills learned in ROLC’s Country Analysis and Program Development Workshops, it could have been taken as a stand-alone workshop. However, those considering participation were encouraged to take the Country Analysis and Program Development Workshops first.

Prior to the first day, participants chose a country of focus and identified an aspect within that country’s justice system they think needs support or reform. The “target” could be institutional, such as a legal aid department; procedural, such as police/prosecutor coordination; legislative, such as the laws and regulations forming the legal framework deterring money laundering; human capital, such as reform to university level legal education; or a technical need, such as wildlife trafficking or a problem identified by assessment such as law enforcement human rights abuses.

Participants returned to this country/reform target choice throughout workshop learning activities, so it was important to make this decision prior to the workshop. If assistance was needed in identifying a target or subsector, participants could review sample justice sector assessments here (1, 2, 3). Once a reform “target” had been chosen, participants familiarized themselves with the available information about it.

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