In order to achieve the desired result in Monitoring and Evaluation component of the new Ondo State Reform system, there is a need for the participating officers to have a vivid knowledge of data collection, being instruments that will help them track the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) relating to their various Ministries and Agencies.
To this effect, Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reform Development Project, ODPSGRDP organized a two day training programme on data collection for the Focal Officers of the five piloting Ministries, Agencies, and Departments MDAs.
The training was aimed at providing the participants with thorough knowledge of their assignment, and how to analyse data collected while a representative of the Consulting firm contracted by the government to design a new M&E system for the state was available to lecture them appropriately.
Declaring the training open, the Project Coordinator (PC) of ODPSGRDP, Mr. B.J. Daisi described data collection as one of the activities to be followed in implementing M&E process, which he said contains workplan for the component.
His words: “For you to be able to track your KPIs, you need data, it will tell you whether you are moving towards achievement of KPIs or not, that is why this assignment (collection of data) is important, and for us to be able to collect data effectively, our capacity needs to be built and that is why you are here.
“While we were negotiating with E&Y on this particular assignment, one of the things we said they must take us through is the usage of certain data analytical tools.
Explaining the purpose of PSGRDP, the PC noted that it is all about transparency and accountability in the management of government’s funds focusing on three major components, PFM, HR, and M&E.
Charging the participants on the need for effective implementation of the system in all MDAs, particular the five piloting ones, Daisi emphasized that the money committed to the reform project is a credit which the State must refund one day, hence the need to get value for it.
He urged them to endeavor to understand the component as it relates to their various Ministries, while referring to them as one of the AEAs that the project is supporting.
The PC therefore thanked the government for the support given the project and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, being the supervisory Ministry.